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Atholl Brose Iced Coffee

Atholl Brose Iced Coffee

Beyond the Books

Have card writing, decorating, baking and wrapping got you in a tizzy yet?

Sit yourself down by the fire and take a sip from Outlander Kitchen’s newest cocktail.

Some of you are going to balk at the amount of booze I call for in one drink, and I will agree that you should definitely not be drinking these if you’ll be driving before you have time for a very long sleep.

However, if you’re sitting down to write a bunch of cards, or wrap a family’s worth of presents at the dining room table, then load your glass with coffee ice cubes and let the drink sit a bit to melt the coffee before you start drinking in earnest…if you keep the coffee ratio fairly high, the caffeine will counteract the creamy, dreamy booze and keep you up long enough to complete your latest holiday task.

At least that’s the theory.

Atholl Brose Iced Coffee Tree

Atholl Brose is a mixture of whisky, cream, honey and oat “milk” that we made to celebrate epsiode 103 of Outlander on Starz. Delicious on it’s own, I’ve discovered over the past months that it’s also tasty in coffee.

I love an iced coffee in the winter, when our wood stove is belting out enough heat for us to need a cool, refreshing drink. And if you don’t have your own fire, there’s always the Outlander Yule Log for atmosphere.

(Click on the title below for a printable version of the recipe.)

Atholl Brose Iced Coffee

: Creamy, sweet Atholl Brose over coffee ice cubes. The perfect holiday combination.

Yield: 1 Cocktail

  • Double-Strength Coffee, cooled – about 2 Cups
  • Atholl Brose – 4 oz
  • Vanilla Vodka – 2 oz

Pour coffee into an ice cube tray and freeze until solid.

Fill a glass with coffee ice cubes, pour over the Atholl Brose and vodka. Stir and enjoy.

Slàinte mhath! (Good Health)


  • If you like your coffee a little sweet, mix a teaspoon of sugar before freezing.
  • No vanilla vodka? Add a few drops of vanilla extract to your Atholl Brose (although the vodka really adds something — if you can, use it.)
  • Too strong?  Fill your glass with coffee ice cubes, add the desired amount of alcohol, and add more milk, cream, nut milk or oat milk (make extra when you make the Atholl Brose), and keep the room from spinning.


  1. Anna Lapping
    December 17, 2014 at 5:36 am

    I like the way you think!

  2. Merry Miller Moon
    December 17, 2014 at 6:34 am

    I’m making this over Christmas break. Thank you Theresa! 🙂

  3. Charlene
    December 17, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Something I can have! I was diagnosed with celiac disease this summer, and had to give up wheat, rye, and barley.

  4. Emma
    December 20, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Well this looks like it would counteract final exams nicely…

  5. Denise
    December 23, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    A perfect cold drink for my Outlander obsession and Southern Hemisphere summer Christmas. Two birds, one stone …

  6. Carrie C.
    April 7, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Oh, this is one good drink!! Slàinte!

  7. Jan Anderson
    December 21, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Atholl Brose is one of Pu’uhonua Book Clubs favorites!!! I can’t wait to test this new twist tomorrow!! I’m sure it’ll pass the Tasty Test and make it to the Xmas menu! Thanks T!!

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