When it comes to cocktails, Scotch is often associated with sipping it neat or on the rocks. However, this versatile spirit can be a star ingredient in some truly remarkable mixed drinks. From coffee flavored whiskey to complex cocktails, you can enjoy a versatile cocktail menu with this simple drink.
Here, we explore five cocktail inspirations that will take your Scotch experience to new heights.
The Smoky Elegance Of The “Scotch and Smoke”
Picture this: a cocktail that captures the essence of a roaring campfire under a starry sky. The “Scotch and Smoke” cocktail achieves just that. Start with 2 ounces of your preferred smoky Scotch, such as Laphroaig or Ardbeg. Add 1/2 ounce of quality Islay single malt Scotch for an extra layer of complexity.
To balance the smokiness, include 1/2 ounce of sweet vermouth and a dash of aromatic bitters. Stir with ice, strain into a glass, and garnish with a flamed orange twist for a mesmerizing smoky aroma.
A Twist On Tradition: The “Scotch Old Fashioned”
The Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail, but why not give it a Scottish twist? Swap out bourbon or rye for 2 ounces of your favourite Scotch whisky, whether it is a rich Speyside or a peaty Islay. Add a sugar cube soaked in Angostura bitters and a splash of water.
Muddle the sugar, stir gently, and garnish with a Luxardo cherry and an orange peel. The result is a beautifully nuanced and satisfying drink that showcases the Scotch’s character.
The “Highland Fling” – A Fruity Delight
For a Scotch cocktail with a fruity twist, try the “Highland Fling.” Begin with 1 1/2 ounces of Highland Scotch, known for its fruity and floral notes. Add 1/2 ounce of elderflower liqueur and 1/2 ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
To balance the sweetness, include 1/4 ounce of honey syrup (equal parts honey and hot water). Shake it all with ice, strain it into a coupe glass, and garnish with a lemon twist. This cocktail is a delightful fusion of Scotch’s depth and bright, fruity flavours.
The “Scotch Royale” – A Bubbly Affair
Elevate your celebration with a Scotch-based sparkling cocktail, the “Scotch Royale.” Begin with 1 1/2 ounces of your choice of Premium Scotch Liquor. Add 1/2 ounce of Chambord liqueur for a touch of raspberry sweetness.
Strain this into a champagne flute and top it off with chilled brut champagne or sparkling wine. The result is a cocktail that marries the elegance of Scotch with the effervescence of bubbly, perfect for special occasions.
The “Rob Roy” – A Manhattan With A Scotch Twist
The “Rob Roy” is the Scotch cousin of the classic Manhattan cocktail. Combine 2 ounces of Scotch whisky, typically a rich and full-bodied variety like a Highland or a blended Scotch. Add 1/2 ounce of sweet vermouth and a few dashes of Angostura bitters.
Stir with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a maraschino cherry. The result is a sophisticated and slightly smoky cocktail that pays homage to both Scotch and the classic Manhattan.
Scotch whisky is not just for sipping; it can be the star of your next cocktail creation.