Floral Old Fashioned

Cameron Johnston of Gleneagles Hotel designed this cocktail to appeal to those who don’t usually go for a Scotch drink; chamomile syrup and Dalwhinnie 15 combine for a delicate cocktail with a still-smoky finish.

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Floral Old Fashioned Floral Old Fashioned
The aim of this chamomile-perfumed old fashioned variation is to appeal to those who usually don't go for a Scotch drink.

For the Chamomile Syrup

  • 14 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. dried chamomile flowers

For the Cocktail

  • 2 oz. Speyside single-malt Scotch, preferably Dalwhinnie 15 Year
  • 12 oz. chamomile syrup
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Edible flowers and lemon twist, for garnish


  1. To make the syrup, combine sugar, chamomile, and 14 cup water in a 1-qt. saucepan over medium-high; stir until sugar has dissolved, about 3 minutes. Cool, then strain, discarding flowers.
  2. To make the cocktail, combine Dalwhinnie 15, syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice; stir, then strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with edible flowers and lemon twist.