Waste Conscious Cocktails For Summer By Bartender Favorites With Pure Scot Whisky

Pure Scot Whisky partnered with leading drinks professionals around the world to get their take on celebrating the summer months in an environmentally conscious way. Pure Scot Whisky comes from the historic Bladnoch Distillery, the oldest working Scotch distillery in the Lowlands. Bladnoch is committed to investing in environmentally conscious initiatives internationally as well as onsite at the distillery itself.

“We are committed to investing in tangible conservation efforts and are currently undertaking a comprehensive feasibility study into opportunities for reducing and offsetting our carbon footprint at Bladnoch Distillery. Our goal is to be carbon neutral by 2024. It is important for us to recognize how intrinsically connected we are to the environment and our communities, and it is our responsibility to leave them in a better place for future generations,” says David Prior, Owner-CEO of Bladnoch Distillery.

Turn your summer drinks into waste conscious celebrations with cocktails from renowned drinks professionals Sebastian Hamilton-Mudge, Millie Tang, and Karl Steuck.

Waste Conscious Cocktails with Pure Scot Whisky

EARL OF SCOT by Sebastian Hamilton-Mudge

  • 2 parts (oz) Pure Scot Signature
  • 2 parts (oz) Black Tea (Earl Grey, or as preferred)
  • 1 part (oz) Orange Marmalade
  • 1 part (oz) Lemon Juice

Build (dissolve marmalade into liquid ingredients before adding ice) / Cubed Ice / Small Highball or Marmalade Jar / 3 Orange Wheels

The topic of sustainability can be somewhat overwhelming, but we can have a real and positive impact at home by simply respecting the everyday products we use. If we all bring a little creativity to potential food waste, we can not only reduce it, but make something delicious from it!

Imagine a table after a weekend breakfast. At first glance it looks like it’s all ready for the bin. However, where others see waste, lies great opportunity!

Tea – It has more than just one brew in it! So salvage that tea bag, put it in some cold water, pop it in the fridge and let it slowly brew. This will give you an excellent ingredient to lengthen a cocktail with. Any black tea will work in this recipe, and each will bring its own unique character to the drink. The citrus notes of Earl Grey tea work particularly nicely here.

Marmalade – Before refrigeration, fresh seasonal ingredients needed to be preserved, and one way of doing that was with sugar. Marmalade is a delicious way to preserve the whole orange, it can also add sweetness to a cocktail. So make sure to scrape out every last bit from the jar – you can even use the jar itself to serve the drink in!

Upgrade your classic highball with some homemade honey and ginger soda. Use all ingredients by candying the extra ginger for a delicious garnish.


  • 40 ml Pure Scot Signature
  • Honey & ginger homemade soda**
  • Candied Ginger

**Easy honey & ginger homemade soda: Raw/organic local honey (to taste), Fresh ginger (2-5 dollar sized slices to taste),  Filtered water (600 ml to fill SodaStream), build in a SodaStream

Fill a highball glass with ice and pour in 40ml of Pure Scot Signature. In a SodaStream bottle, fill with filtered water, fresh ginger and honey to taste. Carbonate and pour over whisky. Garnish with candied ginger.

IN BETWEEN DREAMS by Karl Steuck aka Spirit & Spoon

  • 2 oz Pure Scot Signature
  • 2 oz Fresh Pineapple
  • 1/2 oz Fresno Syrup
  • 1/2 oz Lime
  • Dehydrated Lime Wheel

To make the syrup: Add 2 parts honey to 1 part water into a sauce pan. Then add pierced (so they can properly sweat out) Fresno chilis, bring to high heat and stir. Then cover and simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes. Let cool down, strain into a jar or bottle.

Karl gives some insight into his cocktail, “My first thought was to pair Pure Scot, mellow yet smoky and spicy, with fresh pineapple that I had recently picked up at the farmers market. I wanted to be conscious of using all the pineapple, so I used part of it for an infusion and the leaves for garnish on another cocktail. I had some fresh Fresno chilis, so I decided to make a rich honey syrup to further highlight the Pure Scot spicy notes. Lastly, I added lime for acidity. And again, with trying to be conscious of zero waste, I dehydrated the few extra limes I had for garnish.”

OATSOLUTELY SCOT by Sebastian Hamilton-Mudge

  • 2 parts (oz) Pure Scot Signature
  • 2 parts (oz) Oat Milk
  • 1 part (oz) Honey ‘Syrup’ (honey mixed with water 1:1)
  • 1 thumbnail Orange Peel

Add all ingredients, including the small orange twist, to a shaker. Add ice, then shake hard and strain into cocktail glass.

Oranges are not just for their juice, their skins are full of essential oils that can be added to cocktails.

This drink highlights an ingredient that has risen in popularity in recent years: Oat Milk. In its production oat milk uses less water, land and energy than traditional dairy, as well as producing less Greenhouse Gasses. Making it a more sustainable alternative to traditional dairy milk and importantly, it also tastes good, it’s actually truly delicious.

Making a wider audience aware of alternative ingredients such as oat milk is important in the fight against global warming and releasing the pressure on intensive farming methods…so it’s good for everyone!

For more information on Pure Scot Whisky, visit their website – purescot.com  and check out their instagram – @purescot

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