Cunningham Cocktail

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The Cunningham cocktail is a drink built with scotch whiskey, Benedictine, cherry liqueur, blood orange juice, and lemon juice!

Cunningham Cocktail Info

Marco Dionysos, a San Francisco bartender, created this drink. This scotch drink is a nod to two cocktails—the Blood & Sand with its combination cherry Heering, scotch, and orange juice. And Bobby Burns's use of scotch as well as the Benedictine.

With the help of its citrus juice, it swings away from its progenitors. Blood oranges are a seasonal winter fruit well-known for their sweetness and raspberry-like flavor. Lemon juice adds tartness to balance out the sweetness. They complement the rich herbal flavors of Benedictine and the tart cherry notes of the cherry liqueur.

Garnishing a Cunningham cocktail with brandied cherries and a festive flamed red blood orange twist makes perfection. This is hand down one of the best scotch cocktails out there, and you should give it a try!


A scotch drink born from two great cocktails creates perfection.


4.75 from 4 votes
Course: Cocktail, Drink
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 minute
Mix Time: 1 minute
Servings: 1 Serving(s)


  • 45 ml Whiskey (Scotch)
  • 10 ml Benedictine
  • 10 ml Cherry Liqueur
  • 15 ml Blood Orange Juice
  • 15 ml Lemon Juice


  • Add ice to your shaker.
  • Add all the ingredients.
  • Shake the cocktail cold!
  • Strain into a cocktail glass.
  • Serve!
Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 31IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
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