There is still time to get your May Birchbox! Sign up today!

Hey there!

Looks like your cart is empty.

Free shipping on orders $50.00+

Drink · March 20, 2015

Served Neat: This Homemade Whiskey Cologne Will Bring Out Your Inner Bond Villain

Yeah, you read that right: whiskey-scented cologne. While you might have concerns about smelling like a booze hound, the resulting aroma is light and complex, falling somewhere between an English parlor and the lapel of Sean Connery's sport coat. Here's how to make it.


Grain alcohol

Your favorite whiskey (We're using Macallan 15-Year Scotch)

Pipe tobacco (We recommend an English blend for a sharper, smokier scent)

Peychaud's aromatic bitters

Grapeseed oil

Atomizer bottle

Mason jar


1. Pour a tablespoon of tobacco into the mason jar, then slowly add grapeseed oil until the leaves are fully submerged. Let sit for an hour or two. The oil will absorb the tobacco's aroma without adding a scent of its own.

2. Fill the atomizer bottle with one part whiskey to two parts grain alcohol. Most any scotch or bourbon will do, but we recommend a single malt scotch, which will produce a richer, more complex fragrance. The grain alcohol serves as a neutral base.

3. Once the grapeseed oil is fully infused, strain it with a spoon, and add 2-3 drops to the bottle (a little goes a long way).

4. Top off the blend with 1-2 drops of Peychaud's bitters, which provide a spicy sweetness reminiscent of a Sazerac cocktail.

5. Shake the mixture well, then spritz each wrist once before dabbing the sides of your neck.


Nathaniel Nagy

Copywriter, cold brew advocate, purveyor of handcrafted birthday haikus since 2009.