The Sassy Scotsman

Recipe by Phil Kuhlman


  • 1.5 oz. Harleston Green Scotch
  • 1.5 oz. Tart Cherry Juice
  • Luxardo Cherries
  • Luxardo Cherry Syrup
  • Fresh Rosemary


  1. Muddle 1 Luxardo cherry and .5 oz. Luxardo cherry syrup at the bottom of a rocks glass.
  2. Add 1.5 oz. of Harleston Green Scotch and 1.5 oz. of tart cherry juice.
  3. Add ice.
  4. Bruise 1-2 sprigs of rosemary between your fingers and add to the top of the drink.
  5. Stir lightly.

Garnish: Skewer a Blueberry and Place on Top

Glassware: Rocks Glass

Cocktail Inspiration:

When looking at this contest, I was very interested in the scotch category. I love the flavor of cherry and felt it would compliment the smoky flavor and citrus hint of Harleston. The recipe evolved from using traditional maraschino cherries to luxardo cherries because of the darker flavor and less overbearing sweetness. Rosemary was added to provide a nice herbal aroma and slight bitterness in lieu of using aromatic or cherry bitters. The name itself stems from the traditional folk/drinking song “The Drunken Scotsman”, which is a potential explanation of why there is a blue ribbon on the fabric of those who wear kilts in “true Scottish fashion.” The color scheme of the drink is the red of the cherries and green of the rosemary to signify a tartan pattern of a kilt. The blueberry garnish is to represent the blue ribbon for this cocktail of a true Scotsman. I originally was going to name the drink “The Scotsman’s Kilt” because of the color scheme, but the cherry tartness inspired the name of “The Sassy Scotsman.”