Best of both worlds

A blend of Scottish and American traditions delivers a whisky worth celebrating … which we’re doing with this trio of cocktails.

Brand new from Scotch whisky brand Ballantine’s is this 7 American Barrel … a blend of Scottish and American traditions resulting in a whisky with depth and a touch of sweetness. A blend of single malts and single grain Scotch whiskies that are aged in oak casks for a minimum of seven years, before being finished in charred American barrels sourced from Kentucky, the whisky combines the depth and complexity of Scotch with the sweet, creamy notes afforded by the American Barrels, to give you the best of both worlds. 




Old Fashioned

A classic Old Fashioned is a short drink that tastes perfectly sweet, spicy and smooth. The mixture of bitters and whisky creates a rich, intense serve, sweetened by the addition of a muddled sugar cube.

You’ll need: 50ml Ballantine’s 7 American Barrel, 1 brown cane sugar cube, 4 dashes of orange bitters, orange peel for garnish, ice cubes

To make: Add the sugar cube to a tumbler and soak with the bitters. Muddle into a paste. Add the ice cubes, pour over the Ballantine’s 7 and stir for a couple of minutes. Add your orange peel garnish, and more ice cubes if required. Enjoy!

Ballantine’s 7 & Ginger Ale

Spicy and refreshing in one.

You’ll need: 50ml Ballantine’s 7, ginger ale, lime wedge, ice

To make: Simply fill a highball glass with ice and pour in a shot of Ballantine’s 7 American Barrel.         Top with ginger ale, stir and then squeeze and drop in a large pair of lime wedges.

Ballantine’s 7 Sweet Iced Tea

This sweet and refreshing pick-me-up is guaranteed to make you the best host at the braai.

You’ll need: 50ml Ballantine’s 7, 70ml unsweetened tea, soda water, 1tsp cane syrup, lemon wedges, mint   and ice.

To make: Brew the unsweetened tea, add cane syrup and sugar and allow to cool. Fill the glass with ice, lemon and mint, add Ballantine’s 7 and tea, then top with soda water.

You’ll find Ballantine’s 7 American Barrel at your local bottle store for around R349. For more cocktail recipes visit