Pancake day – with whisky?

Yes, you read that correctly.  Pancake Day is a tradition that we all love to endorse but the staples can become bromidic over time. Here at The Whiskey Affair HQ we wanted to investigate a way of combining our passion for whisky with the art of crafting some variety into Pancake Day this year.

We have started this with a standard batter recipe:

110g plain flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
275ml milk
2 tablespoons oil
A little butter for frying

We don’t need to teach you how to cook eggs, but in terms of making pancakes we’d advise combining the above after some sifting of the flour (it makes it less lumpy) and plenty of whisking to make them light and fluffy.  Cook your pancakes and then get ready to experiment.

Sauce One:

There can’t be many better ideas in the world than combining fruit and whisky.  This recipe takes the fresh taste of citrus fruits and makes a sharp addition to the taste.  If you have a sweeter tooth, add sugar to taste.

  • 150 ml freshly squeezed orange juice (juice of 3 medium oranges)
  • Grated zest of 1 large orange
  • Grated zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • 75g butter
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 3 tablespoons whisky


Simmer the above gently, starting with the juices and adding the whisky last.  Pour over the pancakes and let them soak up the flavour.


Sauce Two:

For a slightly softer taste, mix some fruit juice with a portion of honey.  It will make the sauce far sweeter and the honey and the whisky combine beautifully to give a rich flavour.  We would add some raspberries to compliment the tastes too, and icing sugar works best with this sauce to finish it off.

  • 300 ml orange juice
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 15 g butter
  • 3 tbsp whisky
  • a handful of fresh raspberries
  • icing sugar, to dust

Simmer the juice with the honey, butter and whisky until it is warmed through and melted.  Add to the pancakes and garnish with the raspberries and the icing sugar to taste.


Enjoy some different takes on the traditional Pancake Day celebrations.  Let us know if you have any recipes that you swear by – after all, you can eat pancakes at any point and we love to have an excuse!