Colonsay Mint Martini Vodka Cocktail

This was created in 2005 by Diffords Guide Simon Difford. It’s fresh & minty (obviously 😂), with a nice tart, acidic balance from the Sauvignon Blanc. We’ve obviously used our Colonsay Vodka which is produced using peated barley. That gives it a smoky & slightly savoury flavour, which adds a lovely depth. So delicious! Recipe and ingredients below: 45ml Colonsay Vodka 15ml Dry Vermouth 45ml Sauvignon Blanc 7.5ml Green Creme de Menthe 7.5ml Rich Simple Syrup 12 mint leaves (plus more for garnish) Lightly muddle the mint leaves in the... Read More


Colonsay Bramblito Gin Cocktail

A Bramble Mojito…. A Bramblito? 😂 The Blackberry Mojito has been around for ages; but here we’ve used gin & lemon juice rather than rum & lime. In that sense it really is a mash-up of a Bramble & a Mojito. The only way in which we’ve deviated from the Bramble base, is by using an Old Tom style gin rather than a London Dry. We figured the slighter sweeter Old Tom would work really well here, and it does! The gin is our Colonsay Gin – Cait Sith and... Read More


Colonsay H.S.L. Special Cocktail

Another one from Diffords Guide We’d definitely recommend checking out the growing list of spirits and liqueurs on their site, they’re all well priced (e.g. this Amaro was £20.75, Green Chartreuse is under £38). This H.S.L. Special is adapted from a cocktail named after its creator Hayden Scott Lambert. We’ve made a fairly minor change in that we’ve used our Colonsay Bramble Liqueur in place of Creme de Mure. So this was just a touch less sweet than the original would be. But the Bramble liqueur is absolutely packed with... Read More


Colonsay Bling! Bling! Vodka Cocktail

This is just a nice, simple shot. Created 20 years ago by Phillip Jeffrey at the GE Club in London, we came across this on Diffords Guide website. Vodka, fresh raspberries, lime, simple syrup & a touch of Champagne. We’ve used our delicious Colonsay Vodka as the base, and put in twice the amount listed on Diffords Guide to make it a more boozy & larger shot; in order to fill this larger than usual shot glass. With the lime & fresh raspberries, this can definitely take the extra vodka... Read More


Colonsay Cherry Valentino Gin Cocktail

This is from Jeff Berry’s 10th anniversary edition of Sippin’ Safari. The Cherry Valentino was served at Kelbo’s in Los Angeles. The recipe was published in the 1976 edition of Los Angeles magazine; but only the ingredients were listed and not the proportions. Jeff used his experience of drinking at Kelbo’s in the 1980s, to come up with the  delicious proportions in his book. Here we’ll list the ingredients only. We also reduced this to a single serve, as it would normally be served for two in a Tiki bowl.... Read More


Colonsay East 8 Hold Up Vodka Cocktail

Colonsay East 8 Hold Up Vodka cocktail was created in 2010 by Kevin Armstrong at Milk & Honey in London 🇬🇧 we came across this recipe on Diffords Guide website. Combining pineapple & lime with a bittersweet Aperitivo, this will draw comparisons to the classic Jungle Bird. However, with a vodka base in place of rum; and Aperol instead of Campari – this is a lighter, fresher sip. The addition of a touch of passion fruit syrup also works really well. In place of Aperol, we’ve used Peychaud’s Aperitivo, which... Read More


Colonsay Xantia Gin Cocktail

Colonsay Xantia is a nice, boozy gin cocktail recipe from The Savoy Cocktail Book (1930). Harry Craddock’s recipe calls for equal parts Gin, Yellow Chartreuse and Cherry Brandy. We’ve made one addition to the original, in that we’ve followed the advice of Simon Difford and included a couple of dashes of Abbotts Bitters. These fantastic bitters are a recreation of a defunct brand of bitters that were very popular in the US for many years, before they disappeared in the 1950’s Abbotts Bitters are believed to have been used in... Read More


Colonsay King of Orange Vodka Cocktail

Colonsay King of Orange Vodka was originally a cocktail created by Fjalar Goud in 2012, this is an updated version from Diffords Guide in which Prosecco has been added. For the base we’ve used our fantastic Colonsay Vodka here, which is produced using peated barley. That gives it a delicious smoky & slightly savoury taste. It always adds an extra depth of flavour & complexity to vodka cocktails 😋 Recipe and ingredients below: 40ml Colonsay Vodka 20ml Grand Marnier 7.5ml Campari 10ml Lemon Juice 25ml Prosecco Shake all ingredients (except... Read More

colonsay bramble gin cocktail 20/02/2022

Colonsay Bramble Gin Cocktail

A super simple interpretation of the classic “Bramble” cocktail, which was invented in London in the 1980s by the late, great Dick Bradsell. This version uses our absolutely delicious Bramble liqueur. The Bramble liqueur is EASILY good enough to drink on its own over ice, or with Prosecco or tonic… it’s delicious! But we couldn’t resist the opportunity to combine it with Colonsay Gin – Cait Sith our new, Old Tom style gin. With notes of orange, pink grapefruit and vanilla, it’s an absolutely fantastic addition to the Colonsay range.... Read More

corpse reviver no.2 gin cocktail 13/01/2022

Colonsay Corpse Reviver Gin Cocktail

Colonsay Corpse Reviver Gin cocktail is a version from The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock 1930. As Kina Lillet is no longer made, the best alternative is Lillet Blanc. Although first noted as a Layered Corpse Reviver (which contained ingredients such as creme de noyau, maraschino, and even yellow chartreuse) seen on the menus of some Paris bars in 1863, the first Corpse Reviver recipe actually originates from “The Gentleman’s Table Guide” by E. Ricket and C. Thomas, published in 1871. And, fear not, there is nothing scary of... Read More