Scotch, whether it’s aged single or double malt, is usually served straight up or on the rocks with a splash of soda or water. Scotch has a certain reputation and style to uphold, and most Scotch aficionados would never think to mix it with something else — especially milk. Scotch whisky, on the other hand, is a blend of different Scotches from various batches that mixes well with a number of other ingredients, including dairy. Mix up a Scotch and milk drink for layers of complex flavors without ruining a prized and expensive bottle of a 20-year-old Scotch.

Hot Scotch

The combination of Scotch and milk can warm you up on wintry nights. One simple hot Scotch and milk drink is the Scotch buttercups, which is Scotch whisky, milk, sugar and heavy cream. The hot Scotch cocoa, with Scotch whisky, milk and hot chocolate mix, is just right for chocolate lovers. The salted butterscotch hot chocolate mixes homemade hot chocolate made from sugar, chocolate chips and cocoa powder, with Scotch whisky, heavy cream, whipped cream and kosher salt.

Blended Boozers

Scotch whisky and milk also mix well together and with other ingredients in a few frozen and blended cocktails. A simple shake, the boozy blondie milkshake, comprises vanilla ice cream, either chocolate or vanilla malted milk powder, whole milk and Scotch whisky. Another frozen cocktail, the Irish coffee frappe, has Irish cream, honey, ice, instant coffee and water in addition to Scotch whisky and milk. The Scottish cream is a take on Irish cream liqueur; blend Scotch whisky, milk, sweetened condensed milk, instant coffee, chocolate syrup and both vanilla and almond extracts with ice.

Crazy Cocktails

Probably the most famous Scotch whisky and milk combination is Scotch milk punch, which is 1 part Scotch whisky, 4 parts milk and a pinch of powdered sugar served on the rocks or up and topped with nutmeg. Another simple Scotch whisky and milk drink is the dirty mama, which is also called the Colorado cow in which you mix 1 part each Scotch whisky and coffee liqueur with 2 parts milk on ice.

Up and Over

A few other Scotch and milk cocktails include the tasty martini or cosmopolitan. The widow woods’ nightcap sweetens the combo with a little chocolate: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, pour 4 parts Scotch whisky, 8 parts milk and 1 part brown or dark creme de cacao, shake, then strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail or martini glass. One more Scotch and milk drink is the extremely fruity pink Scotch drink, which is Scotch whisky, milk, cream, framboise or raspberry liqueur, honey and fresh raspberries.