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The Black Scot – A Scotch Cocktail

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Last Updated on June 6, 2023 by Leah Hall

A lovely combination of scotch, blackberries, honey, lemon and cream! This is a rare Scotch Cocktail.


One of the fun parts of being food bloggers is getting to explore new foods and drinks to share with our readers. One of the ways we both love to explore is to read old cookbooks and recipe books. Over Christmas, we found a bunch of old cocktail recipe books, one of which was published back in 1939 and contains all kinds of interesting and unusual drinks.


One of those drinks is the Atholl Brose, a classic Scottish cocktail named after the 1st Earl of Atholl.

Black Scot Cocktail in a Coupe, Scotch bottle behind

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The Black Scot cocktail in a cocktail coupe, Monkey Shoulder whisky bottle and flowers in background for this scotch cocktail

Coupe / Shaker / Whisk

Scotch Cocktail

According to the legends, the Earl quashed a rebellion by filling the rebels’ well with a potent mixture of scotch whisky, honey, oatmeal and cream. This then got the rebels so drunk that they all were captured without a fight! Now if we had to pick a way to be captured, going out while drinking a good scotch would probably be right up there, but one does have to question what exactly the rebels were drinking for their water!


The cocktail sounded like an interesting one to try, but not having any oatmeal in house made us have to reconsider. We had blackberries that were crying out to be used, and with scotch having a very complimentary flavor profile, we decided to see if we could come up with something new while still paying homage to the Atholl Brose. Also, because we just love scotch cocktails!

The Black Scot cocktail in a cocktail coupe, flowers in background for this scotch cocktail

What Ingredients are Needed for the Black Scot?

  • Whipped Topping
    • Honey
    • Cream
  • Black Scot Cocktail
    • Blackberries
    • Honey
    • Lemon Juice
    • Scotch Whisky


We started out the Black Scot by muddling some blackberries, fresh squeezed lemon and honey in the bottom of a shaker tin, and letting the honey dissolve a bit in the blackberry and lemon juices. The combination of berry juice, honey and lemon gives a nice sweet and sour component that works well towards balancing a cocktail.


Adding in a dram of a scotch gives the drink a malty, caramel note with a hint of vanilla and spice which compliments the berry flavors nicely.  We topped the drink with a float of rich and creamy hand whipped cream and honey, adding a luxurious sweetness to the cocktail.


Cheers to Scotch!

Interested in more cocktails like this? Check out our Royal Raspberry or our Thyme to Shine for more takes on classic cocktails! Want more scotch cocktails? Check out our latest scotch cocktail, the Ginger Snap!




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Purple cocktail topped with cream in coupe. Silver jigger, scotch bottle and flowers in background
Yield: 1

The Black Scot - A Scotch Cocktail

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This is a great riff on a classic Scottish cocktail with Scotch!


For the Whipped Topping

  • .25 ounce honey
  • .75 ounce heavy cream

For the Cocktail

  • 4 -5 blackberries
  • .50 ounce honey
  • .25 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1.50 ounces Scotch whisky


For the Cocktail

Muddle the blackberries, honey and lemon juice in a shaker.

Add in Scotch and fill tin with ice.

Shake well.

Strain into a cocktail coupe. Top with cream by spooning onto top of drink.

Garnish with a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg.

For the Whipped Topping

Place a glass bowl into the freezer for 5 minutes to chill.

When bowl is chilled, pour in cream and honey.

Whip cream and honey until slightly fluffed and honey is completely mixed into the cream.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 265Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4.9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 21.5gFiber: 1.8gSugar: 19.1gProtein: 1g

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Thursday 10th of December 2020

any tips on how long to whip the cream for the topping? I tried this last night and my cream went into the drink instead of sitting on top as a nice layer. Thanks!

The 'Noms.

Thursday 10th of December 2020

No idea on how long, it's been too long since we actually made one, but I would say make sure there are some peaks in the cream. It also helps to use a spoon on top of the cocktail to spoon onto, and then it won't sink. Good luck, hope it still tasted good, cheers!


Monday 27th of July 2020

Please disregard my previous comment, for the recipe is here, but very well hidden. More so even than in most sites, that put it at the very bottom.

The 'Noms.

Monday 27th of July 2020

So Sorry you had trouble finding the recipe. The recipe card sits about 90% of the way down the page, so I am sorry about that. Hope you try this one out. Cheers!


Monday 27th of July 2020

No recipe? For real? You even made a video but decided to not give the quantity of the ingredients? Shame, it looked like a great drink but for someone just starting their journey into the world of cocktails, I'll have to skip this one.


Thursday 19th of July 2018

Am I the only one not seeing how much scotch to add to the cocktail?

The 'Noms.

Thursday 19th of July 2018

Hey, so sorry about that, the recipe is fixed now! We have been migrating all our recipes over to a new recipe card, and it appears this one deleted itself. Thanks for letting us know, and cheers!

Bridget - The Recipe Wench

Wednesday 16th of March 2016

Okay. I just tried this and am SO SORRY I don't have more heavy cream in the house because I want more! This cocktail is lush! I have to admit, I didn't have Scotch on hand so I used Bushmills Irish Whiskey. The honey, the cream, the blackberries, the lemon. Oh my! Thank you for sharing this!

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