Cocktail of the week: Caorunn’s Afternoon in the Highlands

Caorunn's An Afternoon in the Highlands cocktail

With spring well underway now, our gardens and greengrocers’ tables will soon be groaning under the weight of delicious spring and summer produce. This refreshing Scottish-inspired cocktail from Caorunn celebrates one of those summer delights: the humble raspberry. The recipe calls for either a homemade raspberry ‘fermentation’ or raspberry cordial (but if you’re short on time, a good-quality bottled version can be substituted).

An Afternoon in the Highlands


  • 40ml Caorunn
  • 30ml raspberry cordial or raspberry fermentation
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 40ml tonic water
  • 2ml peated whisky (Caorunn recommends anCnoc Peatheart)


For the raspberry cordial, stir together 500g of caster sugar with one litre of water and 200g raspberries in a pan. Bring it to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Let it cool down, strain and refrigerate.

* Or, if using a raspberry fermentation, weigh 20g of raspberries, add 5g of salt and wait three to four days.

To build the cocktail, stir all the ingredients with ice and serve in a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with wildflowers.

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