A dram on the rocks or an adventurous whisky cocktail, how do you drink the nation’s favourite tipple?
Whisky aficionados across the globe have noticed a shift in attitude towards the famous amber nectar. While anything other than water or ice used to raise an eyebrow, many drinkers are now enjoying a more contemporary take on the classic dram.
Speyside distillers are moving with the times, and many of them regularly create bespoke cocktails using their world-renowned products. To truly appreciate a single malt, experts advise that a dash of water will release the flavours; however many different elements of a whisky can emerge with a clever melange of cocktail ingredients.
Whether it’s a fruity sherry flavoured dram, or a smooth vanilla bourbon malt, the experts know exactly which ingredients will create a whisky marriage made in heaven.
So why not ask your local cocktail afficionado if he can make at least one of the drinks below. You will not be disappointed.
The Distiller’s Dream
• 40ml Glen Grant
• Appletizer (Sparkling apple juice)
Fill up with sparkling apple juice.
Serve in a long drink glass on ice.
The Gallow Hill Flip
• 50ml Glen Moray Chardonnay Cask- Matured
• 25ml Black Isle Porter
• 1 tsp Taylor’s Velvet Falernum
• 1 tsp Scottish honey
• 1 tsp vanilla syrup
• 1 whole egg
Shake all ingredients first without ice to emulsify egg, then with ice to chill/dilute.
Garnish: All-spice dusting with chocolate twirl
Morning Glory Fizz
• 50 ml Glenfiddich 12 year old
• 20 ml fresh lemon juice
• 25 ml sugar syrup
• 20 ml fresh egg white
• 5 ml Absinthe
Add all ingredients except soda to shaker.
Add fresh ice and shake it hard.
Once shaken strain into glass.
Add fresh ice to glass, leave space for soda.
Add dash of soda to bring drink to top.
Garnish: Orange Wheel.