Milkwashing: Scotch and Soda

Try building a Scotch & soda riff that’s big on flavors, mouthfeel, and nostalgia.  

Stick with the recipe – it’s a bit of work but worth it.  

The recipe will yield a whole bottle of milk-washed whisky, perfect for batching before service and offering a quick, unique take on the classic Scotch & Soda combo. 

Milkwashing: Scotch and Soda


  • 13.5oz

    Johnnie Walker Black Label

  • 12.5oz

    Whole milk

  • 3tsp

    Citric Acid

  • 1

    Dash of vanilla extract

  • 3oz

    Fresh lemon juice

  • 1

    Splash of Soda Water to top up drink

0 units of alcohol per serve


  • 1

    mixing glass



  • Method
    1. Add 10 oz of Johnnie Walker Black Label to the lemon juice in a mixing glass or bowl.  
    2. Add the milk to a separate bowl.  
    3. Slowly add the whisky and lemon mixture to the milk, lightly stirring to mix.  
    4. The milk will begin to curdle; don’t panic – this is the plan.  
    5. With both solutions mixed, cover the bowl and refrigerate for 4 – 5 hours.  
    6. Remove the mixture and begin the filtration process: pass it through a coffee filter and muslin cloth to remove the curdle excess.  
    7. If the first pass doesn’t give you a crystal-clear liquid, pass it through a coffee filter again to remove finer particles.  
    8. Add the remaining 3.25 oz of Johnnie Walker Black Label, vanilla extract, and citric acid for flavoring – stir to mix.  
    9. Bottle and refrigerate (shelf life – 6 months).  
    10. Serve in a rocks glass over a large ice cube with a splash of soda water and lemon peel to garnish.