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Aqua Vitae Recipes


When we first started producing Aqua Vitae our Brand Ambassador Andy and our Apothecary Tim worked to develop a number of recipes, and they have proved incredibly popular. So much so, that we now have an ever growing list of new recipes that is being added to by many of our friends and partners in the drinks industry.

We really do love hearing about how whisky pilgrims from all over the world use Aqua Vitae in their own drinks so please comment or email us and let us know how you like to drink Aqua Vitae, and we will add it to the list!


You can also discover some of our Winter Cocktails and drinks by clicking HERE


Last WordThe Last Word

The Last Word Saloon in Stockbridge have a bottle of Aqua Vitae on their back bar and created us a twist on “The Last Word” which is a classic gin cocktail made with equal measures of gin, maraschino, green chartreuse, and lime juice. We replaced gin with Aqua Vitae and the way it interacted with the chartreuse and the maraschino was incredible. We titled it “The Last Word” in reference to our connection to the first written recording of distilling in Scotland made back in 1494.


The spirit we create at Lindores is a classic Lowland style in that it is light with flavours of apples, pears and kirsch cherry at the forefront so working alongside maraschino was perfect. When we macerate our spirit with herbs, fruits and spices to create the aqua vitae it creates a complexity which, in partnership, with green chartreuse is unreal. This cocktail is shaken and served straight up with a maraschino cherry as a garnish.

NegroniAqua Vitae Negroni

This is an AV Negroni, which is a twist on a classic gin cocktail. Usually made with equal measures of Gin, Sweet Vermouth and Campari. We used Aqua Vitae, Byrhh and Suze to create an amazing alternative. It was again created by Made by Petra at The Last Word.


Aqua Vitae

8 Bols of Malt

Named after the famous reference in the 1494 Exchequer Roll.

50ml Aqua Vitae, served in a rocks glass over a block ice, with an orange twist.


Huntingdon High BallHuntingdon High Ball

In honour of the Earl of Huntingdon, who founded Lindores Abbey in 1191.

50ml Aqua Vitae, 10 ml simple syrup (2 parts sugar:1-part water), 6 mint leaves, served in highball over block ice, top with soda *replace with lemon verbena if available


Rest and Be ThankfulRest & Be Thankful

In tribute to the period of dormancy and peacefulness which started at Lindores Abbey in 1793.

50ml Aqua Vitae, 25ml grapefruit juice, good pinch of salt, served in high ball over block ice, top ginger ale. Garnish with grapefruit twist.


High TreasonHigh Treason

In tribute to William Wallace who visited Lindores Abbey in 1298 after the Battle of Blackearnside.

35ml Aqua Vitae, 15ml blended whisky, 10ml honey syrup (1 part honey:1 part water). Stirred down, strained off into a rocks glass over block ice, with a lemon twist.


The Revolution

The Revolution

In 1559, John Knox and his followers ransacked Lindores Abbey.

45ml Aqua Vitae, 15ml Bianco Vermouth (Cocchi), 5ml dry vermouth (great British Vermouth), stirred down and strained into coup with pasties rinse. Cherry garnish.


London Calling

Lindores Colin

Made by those clever people at Dragonfly Edinburgh.

This is a twist on the “London Calling” made from Aqua Vitae, Fino Sherry, Fermented Pineapple, Celery and Rhubarb Bitters.


Aqua Vitae recipes

The Awakening

In 2017, Lindores Abbey reopened to the public and started distillation once again after a break of 500 years. To celebrate we created this recipe.

35ml Aqua Vitae, 15ml dry oloroso, 5ml simple syrup (2 sugar:1 water), 3 dashes bitters, 4 mint leaves, shaken and double strained into coup. Garnish with orange twist.

 Dolce VitaeDolce Vitae

Created by the team at Kelvingrove Café, Glasgow for our Trade Launch.

40ml Aqua Vitae, 15ml Reposado Tequilla, 15ml Manzanilla, 5ml Suze, 2 dashes Orange Bitters, stirred and served over block ice. Garnish with grapefruit twist.


Aqua Vitae Punch

Aqua Vitae Summer Punch

Serves 4 people.  For this recipe fill a jug or pot with Cubed ice and add:

200ml Aqua Vitae, 100ml White Port, 400ml Mediterranean Tonic, 4 wedges of Orange, 4 sprigs of mint

Stir all ingredients with a spoon or ladle so that all flavours combine. The drink should chill down quickly and it is ready to pour. Highball glasses or wine glasses are great. Anything that will hold around 250ml of liquid. To garnish each glass, pop in a sprig of mint to add some more freshness.



Pineapple Punch

Just add 100ml Pineapple Juice, to 200ml Aqua Vitae and 400ml Tonic water with orange slices to make this delicious punch. This was an idea gifted to our Brand Ambassador Andy by the guys at The Good Spirits Co. in Glasgow.


The Bramble

Aqua Vitae Bramble

Mix together 37.5ml of Aqua Vitae, 12.5ml creme De mure, 15ml Lemon Juice and 15ml Sugar Syrup


Plum Highball

50ml AV, 30ml Newburgh Plum Cordial, Top with soda water.

Tiron Martini

Made in honour of the French town from where the monks from Lindores Abbey originally came from, this is our version of a French Martini.

Take 37.5ml Aqua Vitae, 12.5ml Chambord, 75ml Pineapple, 3 fresh raspberries



Aqua Vitae Espresso Martini

37.5ml Aqua Vitae, 12.5ml Coffee Liqueur, 1 shot of Espresso, 15ml Vanilla Sugar Syrup

Shake and fine strain into a cocktail coupe. Garnish with 3 coffee beans


Abbey AppleAbbey Apple

This gorgeous Abbey Apple drink was made for us at the Speciality & Fine Food Fair recently.  Made with Aqua Vitae, Loxley Cider and Fentimans Ginger Syrup.

Aqua Vitesse

Aqua Vitesse

A delicious combination of Lindores Abbey aqua vitae, fermented pineapple, fino Sherry, lemon juice and rhubarb bitters. Created by the lovely Dragonfly Bar in Edinburgh.


Tongue and Cheek

Tongue and Cheek

Made for us by the guys from Dragonfly Bar for Edinburgh Cocktail Week – their “Tongue and Cheek” cocktail uses our Aqua Vitae, Escubac, Creme de Abricot, lime and cranberry.


Tall Tale

A Tall Tale

Made for us by Draffens, Dundee for Edinburgh Cocktail Week. A cocktail inspire by the 70ft pear tree that separated Dundee from Lindores abbey, that was knocked down in the same storm that knocked over the Tay Bridge. Made with Aqua Vitae, Pear of yare salted syrup, Dundee cake orgeat, Charred lemon.


Please let us know about your favourite Aqua Vitae recipes by emailing us or leaving a comment below.


Remember you can always head along to our Legacy Bar at the distillery (open daily and until 11pm on Friday nights) to sample some of these amazing cocktails.

Aqua Vitae Cocktail Menu

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