Create A Potion Of Love With Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve

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Over booked venues, bad weather, not to mention the traffic is the perfect ingredients for a bad Valentine’s Day date. This year I have decided to stay at home and surprise my partner with Valentine’s Day love inspired signature cocktails.

The Potion Of Love cocktail is a playful take on the definition of a love potion.

love potion

1. a magical potion believed to arouse love or sexual passion toward a specified person, especially the person offering it.

The last cocktail I created tasted mostly of bitters, so perfect my skills and create the picture-perfect Potion Of Love cocktail,  last Tuesday I was invited to the Cloud 23 venue nestled in the heart of the Hilton’s Hotel in Manchester by the lovely team over at Quintessentially. Cloud 23 bar is currently working with the Johnnie Walker Gold Label on their search for the next rising star. A fabulous once in a lifetime competition where the winner not only wins the opportunity to be photographed by Rankin, but will be also be starring in an online Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve campaign taking place in March 2015.


In celebration with the competition and also keeping in theme with the romantic Saint Valentine’s seasonal festival, Cloud 23 have an exclusive recipe that Johnnie Walker Gold Label have devised especially for the Rankin collaboration. Which is what I am going to attempt recreate at home.


I had the pleasure of sampling the cocktail whilst at Cloud 23. The cocktail has a nice consistency of rose tones infused with fruity flavours, which is followed with a rich smoked oak after taste. So the whiskey cocktail will please both you and your partner.


Potion Of Love Cocktail

– Serves 2

  • 50ml Johnnie Walker Gold Label
  • 25ml Mancino Rosso
  • 15ml Lemon juice
  • 15ml Grenadine
  • 10ml rose water
  • 2 dash creole bitters
  • Soda Water
  • Dried Rose Buds for decoration


Add all ingredients into a roller glass or rocks glass and stir add crushed ice and gently top with soda water (add amounts depending on your preference). Finally garnish with rose buds, and there you have it, the perfect love cocktail.

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