Whisky Cocktails for NYC Tartan Day Parade

New York City's Tartan Week

Throughout this week, the non-profit American Scottish Foundation® has organised New York City's Tartan Day Parade and Tartan Week activities.

April 6th is designated a national Tartan Day by US Congress and celebrates the Scottish-Americans contributions to America, and marks the the anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath 1320, which asserted Scotland as an independent country.

To join in the celebrations, we have a selection of popular cocktails inspired by Scotland’s most famous product, whisky, and designed to get any party started!

Apple Crumble Cocktail

This unique whisky cocktail comes with a balance of fruitiness, spice and warmth making it the perfect treat for all seasons.


  • 35ml of single malt whisky - try a Jura whisky
  • 1 tablespoon apple liqueur
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon
  • Dash of mixed spice
  • 2 tablespoons of apple sauce
  • Pinch of sugar syrup
  • 1 digestive biscuit


Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with some crushed ice and shake vigorously. Unscrew the cocktail shaker and strain the cocktail into a glass filled with crushed ice. To finish the cocktail, add a teaspoon of apple sauce and sprinkle the digestive biscuit over.

Below is an alternative American recipe for the Crisp Apple Whiskey Cocktail, from Mott and Mulberry and The New York Times. 

Classic Whisky Sour

Whilst it has gone through a few moderations, the whisky sour appears in all good bartenders guides, so here is a classic way to make it.


  • 3 parts whisky - try a Talisker whisky
  • 2 parts fresh lemon juice
  • 1 part sugar syrup
  • Touch of egg white
  • Twist of lemon and cherry to garnish


One of the great things about this cocktail is its simplicity. Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously until combined. Strain into a chilled glass and add the cherry for garnish. Finally, froth the egg and add to the top for a silky smooth finish.

If your not sure about the dash of egg white, here is a video which should help you make a delicious, creamy foam on top of your cocktail.

The Hot Toddy

The ingredients for this classic hot toddy results in a smoky and flavoursome drink.


  • 1 teaspoon of runny honey
  • ½ cup of cider
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • A piece of lemon peel
  • 3 tablespoons of Johnnie Walker
  • 1.5 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice


Simply heat the cider, honey, cinnamon and lemon peel in a saucepan over a medium heat until the honey has melted. Turn off the heat and add the whisky, the lemon juice, stir and serve.  

Once again, here is a video of an alternative recipe. 

New York City Tartan Week

Hope you all enjoy my these whisky inspired cocktails and have a fantastic New York Tartan Week Parade wherever you are in the world. 


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