Commonwealth Games 2014: Celebrate With This Record-Breaking Cocktail Recipe

The Commonwealth Games 2014 are well and truly upon us.

And as the athletes prepare to compete, we thought there's no better way for us mere mortals to celebrate than kicking back with a very special cocktail.

Mixologist Mal Spence has teamed up with Glasgow City Marketing Bureau to create the commemorative Commonwealth Games Cocktail.

The record-breaking cocktail contains more ingredients than any other drink in the world - 71 to be precise. Each has been individually sourced from every nation participating in the Commonwealth Games.

Visitors to Glasgow can try the exclusive drink for themselves at Mal’s Kelvingrove Café. Or if you're really ambitious, you could try to make the mega cocktail at home, although we'd recommend going for the simplified version (details below).


Botswana: devils claw (genus clerodendrum)

Cameroon: bitter leaf (piper umbellatum)

Ghana: taro (psidium guajava)

Kenya: chives

Lesotho: rosehip

Malawi: cacao (pycreus cyperaceae)

Mauritius: wild raspberry (rubus rosifolius)

Mozambique: cassava

Namibia: prickly pear

Nigeria: utazi leaves

Rwanda: papaya

Seychelles: citronella

Sierra Leone: cashew nut (piassava)

South Africa: roobus

Swaziland: sycamore fig

Tanzania: cloves

Uganda: nakati eggplant

Zambia: sorrel


Belize: dragonfruit

Bermuda: arabica coffee beans

Canada: logan berry

Falkland Islands: bitter cress

Guyana: sugar cane

St. Helena: St. Helena tea plant


Bangladesh: jujubi

Brunei Darussalam: durian fruit

India: mangosteen

Malaysia: galangal

Maldives: pomegranate (annaaru)

Pakistan: saffron

Singapore: rambutan

Sri Lanka: ripe jakfruit


Anguilla: mango

Antigua & Barbuda: tamarind

Bahamas: egg fruit

Barbados: sour cherry

British Virgin Islands: noni

Cayman Islands: sage (salvia caymanensis)

Dominica: guava leaf

Grenada: lemon grass

Jamaica: okra

Montserrat: devil’s horse whip

St. Kitts & Nevis: tamon

St. Lucia: sweet basiI

St. Vincent & The Grenadines: arrowroot

Trinidad & Tobago: tonka bean

Turks & Caicos Islands: sapodilla


Cyprus: basil-thyme (Άκινος)

England: red apple

Gibraltar: maqui berry

Guernsey: blueberries

Isle of Man: new potatoes

Jersey: lavender

Malta: star anise

Northern Ireland: bog rosemary

Scotland: wild Scottish strawberry

Wales: wild cotoneaster


Australia: aniseed myrtle (syzygium anisatum) (gundabluie) (bardi bush)

Cook Islands: custard apple seeds (annona reticulata)

Kiribati: dried coconut meat (copra)

Nauru: pumpkin seeds

New Zealand: manuka honey

Niue: paw paw

Norfolk Island: yam

Papua New Guinea: taro (colocasia esculenta)

Samoa: ladies finger (small, sweet banana)

Solomon Islands: taro leaves

Tonga: avocado (avoka)

Tuvalu: breadfruit

Vanuatu: plantain

Fiji: kava root

The Commonwealth Cocktail Recipe:

Ingredients –

50ml blended Scotch whisky

40ml Hawthorn Drinks Honey and Lavender Shrub

10ml Hawthorn Drinks Dandelion & Burdock Syrup

3-4 Drops Commonwealth Bitters (contains 71 ingredients)


  • Add ingredients to shaker
  • Shake with ice and double strain into pre-chilled coupe.

The Simplified Version

For anyone who isn’t lucky enough to be in Glasgow for the Games, the Commonwealth Cocktail can be re-created at home, using the following recipe:

Ingredients –

50ml blended Scotch whisky

25ml lemon juice

20ml dandelion and burdock cordial

Half a mango



  • Slice the fruit and place in a shaker tin, muddle with muffler or flat end of a rolling pin.
  • Add ingredients and ice and shake.
  • Strain into a tall glass with ice and serve.