Crow Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol content:30%

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Crow cocktail is a brooding mix, perfect for those who appreciate a drink with depth and complexity. Its origins are as mysterious as its namesake, often associated with the enigmatic and the night.

  • Who Would Enjoy It?
    • Fans of whisky-based cocktails
    • Those who prefer a balance of sweet and sour
    • Adventurous drinkers looking for something out of the ordinary

How Crow Tastes?

The Crow cocktail offers a robust flavor profile with the smoky undertones of Scotch whisky complemented by the sharpness of lemon and the subtle sweetness of grenadine. It's a bold, complex, and slightly tart concoction.

Interesting facts about Crow

  • The Crow is named after the bird known for its intelligence and adaptability.
  • It's a cocktail that can be enjoyed year-round but is particularly fitting for autumn evenings.
  • The drink's dark color is reminiscent of its namesake's plumage.


  • Ice cubes: As needed
  • Grenadine: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Lemon juice: 1.5 oz(45ml)
  • Scotch whisky: 4.5 oz(135ml)

Ice Cubes

Ice is the unsung hero of cocktails. It chills, it dilutes, it transforms! Without it, you'd be sipping on a room temperature mix of whisky and lemon – not quite the refreshing experience. Too little, and your cocktail might be too strong. Too much, and you'll water it down too quickly.

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Grenadine adds color and a hint of sweetness to balance the tartness of lemon and the smokiness of the whisky. Without it, you might find your cocktail a tad too sharp. If you're out of grenadine, a dash of simple syrup and a few drops of pomegranate juice can save the day, but the flavor profile will differ.

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Lemon Juice

Fresh lemon juice is the zesty lifeline, giving the cocktail a bright tartness that cuts through the whisky's warmth. Forget to squeeze this in, and you'll miss out on that pop of freshness. Bottled juice can work in a pinch, but nothing beats the taste of the real deal.

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Scotch Whisky

The base of your cocktail, Scotch whisky, contributes depth, character, and that warmth you feel with each sip. Using less would result in a less prominent whisky flavor, using more could overpower the other ingredients. Choose a Scotch you love; a smoky single malt will create a different vibe compared to a smooth blend.

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Recipe. How to make Crow Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add 1 oz of grenadine.
  3. Pour in 1.5 oz of lemon juice.
  4. Measure and add 4.5 oz of Scotch whisky.
  5. Shake the mixture vigorously.
  6. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Pro Tips

  • For an extra touch of sophistication, garnish with a twist of lemon peel.
  • If you prefer a less sweet drink, reduce the grenadine to 1/2 oz.
  • Chill the cocktail glass beforehand to keep the drink colder for longer.

Perfect Pairings


  • Grilled meats: The smoky flavor of Scotch whisky complements the char on grilled steaks and barbecue ribs.
  • Cheese platter: A selection of hard cheeses like cheddar pairs well with the nutty and robust flavors of Scotch.
  • Dark chocolate: The bittersweet notes of dark chocolate will resonate with the complexity of this cocktail.


  • Mineral water: To cleanse the palate between sips of the cocktail.
  • Coffee: A strong, black coffee can be a robust companion to the 'Crow' cocktail in a dessert setting.

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What you could change in Crow

  • Scotch Whisky: Can be substituted with bourbon for a sweeter, less smoky flavor.
  • Grenadine: Pomegranate juice mixed with a bit of sugar can be used as a homemade alternative.

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Smoky Crow

  • Replace Scotch whisky with a peated single malt.
  • Add a dash of orange bitters.

A peated single malt will introduce a profound smoky character to the cocktail, adding depth and an earthy complexity. The orange bitters provide a slight citrus accent, pairing well with the lemon juice.

Honey Crow

  • Substitute grenadine with honey syrup.
  • Garnish with a lemon twist.

The honey syrup adds a richer sweetness compared to grenadine, complementing the Scotch smoother profile. The lemon twist garnish will add aromatic oils that brighten the nose of the cocktail.

Spicy Crow

  • Add a slice of fresh ginger to the shaker.
  • Use a spicy rye whisky instead of Scotch.

The fresh ginger will infuse a zingy spice that tingles the palate, and a spicy rye whisky will bring its own kick, creating a bolder, more fiery version of the original.

In case you forgot basics how to make Crow

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Crow

What glassware is ideal for serving the Crow cocktail?

A chilled cocktail glass is typically used, but a rocks glass can also be appropriate for this type of drink.

How can I tell if my Scotch whisky is of good quality for cocktails?

Look for a Scotch whisky with a balance of peat, smoke, and smoothness. Often, single malt or blended Scotch whiskies that have been aged appropriately will provide a deeper flavor profile suitable for cocktails.

Is the Crow cocktail suitable for batch preparation?

Yes, it can be made in larger quantities for events. However, make sure to add ice and shake individual servings to ensure proper dilution and temperature.

Can I make the Crow into a non-alcoholic cocktail?

Certainly, use a non-alcoholic whisky alternative alongside non-alcoholic grenadine and lemon juice to replicate the cocktail experience without the alcohol.

What type of ice is best for shaking the Crow cocktail?

Cubed ice is ideal for shaking as it chills the drink quickly while diluting it slightly, which is perfect for balancing the strong flavors of the Crow cocktail.

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