Old Pulteney Makes a Splash at World Famous Cocktail Competition

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Our much loved maritime malt made a spectacular mixology debut this month after scooping a medal at the prestigious cocktail competition

Our much loved maritime malt Old Pulteney Single Malt Whisky made a spectacular mixology debut this month after scooping a medal at the prestigious Drinks International Cocktail Challenge.

The winning cocktail, Midnight Tide, was created using Old Pulteney Stroma Liqueur and received a coveted bronze award in the After Dinner category.

Midnight Tide marks a significant milestone for the award-winning whisky, which developed the single malt cocktail to showcase Stroma’s versatility to drinkers. Inspired by the windswept Caithness isle that Stroma is named after and its dangerous currents, the cocktail perfectly enhances Stroma’s blend of award winning highland whiskies and robust and rugged undertones, which are symbolic of the island itself.

Now in its 22nd year, the world famous competition pits global spirits and liqueur brands’ best cocktails against each other to find the Cocktail Challenge Champion. Brands are invited to submit recipes created by leading bartenders for blind tasting by a panel of industry experts.

The recipe was expertly created by Edinburgh-based mixologist Jon Hughes, who manages the city’s leading bars Bramble, The Last Word Saloon, and the Lucky Liquor Co. John is currently one of the most respected bar tenders in the UK and drew on over ten years of experience in the trade to perfectly capture Old Pulteney’s intrigue, craft and seafaring roots in his cocktail.

On the awards success, Margaret Mary Clarke, Senior Brand Manager of Old Pulteney commented:

“This is Old Pulteney’s first cocktail competition entry so we are truly delighted with our win. Jon’s creation really pays homage to Stroma’s unique heritage and perfectly compliments the liqueur’s smooth, sweet taste. It’s fantastic that Stroma’s versatility as a cocktail base has been recognised in such a highly respected competition and prove that Stroma can be enjoyed at any time, not just after dinner.”

Jon’s Winning Cocktail: 

Midnight Tide

Glass: Rocks
Ice: Block
Garnish: Lemon twist


  • 45ml Old Pulteney Stroma Liqueur
  • 15ml Dry Vermouth (Noilly Prat Dry)
  • 10ml Amontillado Sherry (Gutierrez Colosia
  • 5ml Fernet Branca

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