Ballylickey Belt

Ballylickey BeltBallylickey Belt

It is the time of year when it seems everyone celebrates St. Patrick’s Day. Who can blame us? It is just so much fun. If you have moved on from the green beer and drinks chosen only for their green colour, try this one for an upgrade in sophistication. The Ballylickey Belt is a medley of honey, bubbly water, zest of lemon, and subtle toffee blended scotch whisky. Raise your glass and toast “sláinte!” Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Ingredients

2 oz (60 ml) Famous Grouse Blended Scotch whisky

¾ tsp (4 ml) honey

Splash of water

Sparkling water

Lemon twist for garnish

Method

In a short rocks glass, add honey and a splash of water. Stir to dissolve honey into the water. Add ice, Famous Grouse whisky and top with sparkling water. Give a brief, gentle stir. Twist lemon peel over the glass, rub around the rim and drop into drink.

Tips

Substitute San Pellegrino Lemon flavour sparkling water for regular sparkling water to add even more citrus flavours.

If making more that one, plan ahead and create a honey syrup by combining honey into equal parts warm water.

Famous Fizz

Famous FizzFamous Fizz

Stimulate your senses and prepare to be impressed. The Famous Fizz cocktail is a wonderful mix of Famous Grouse blended scotch whisky, which gives a smooth smoked oak flavour, sweet honey, citrus lemon juice, a dash of aromatic bitters and a splash of carbonation. The combination will tickle the nose and tastebuds. Enjoy!

Ingredients

1oz Famous Grouse blended scotch whisky

1/2 oz honey syrup

1/4 oz lemon juice

2 dashes of Angostura bitters

1oz soda

Lemon twist for garnish

Method

Put ice into a cocktail glass and set aside to chill. Pour in all ingredients except the soda into a shaker. Shake vigorously. Empty the ice out of the now chilled cocktail glass. Strain shaken ingredients into the glass and add a splash of soda for some fizz.

Garnish with lemon twist.

Tips

Honey syrup is made by combining equal parts of honey and boiling water, then letting the mixture cool. Doing this allows the honey to mix into drinks easier.

If you haven’t prepared the honey syrup ahead of time, add 1 tsp of liquid honey into the shaken ingredients and stir well before shaking again to ensure the honey is completely mixed.

If you prefer an even more smokey taste, use Black Grouse instead of Famous Grouse.

The Black Grouse uses smoked peat in the production process and imparts a rich smoked flavour and aroma to the spirit.

Gold

 

Gold Martini

Digging through books for a martini to impress your guests at your next party? Look no further because you have struck . . . Gold! This martini features sweet banana, peat-smoke Scotch whisky and a hint of orange.

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky

1 oz Triple Sec Liqueur

1 oz Bols Banana Liqueur

3/4 oz water

Orange twist for a garnish

Method

Begin by filling a martini glass with ice and putting it aside to chill while you make the martini.

Fill a shaker halfway with ice, then pour in all the ingredients and shake vigorously. Discard the ice from the martini glass and strain the mixture from the shaker into the now chilled glass.

Garnish with a long orange peel, twisted and placed on the rim.

Tips

Many guests like a chilled martini glass so instead of struggling to find room in the freezer for multiple martini glasses, simply fill the martini glass with ice before you make the drink.

Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/life/Cocktail+week+Gold+Martini/7555706/story.html#ixzz2CRMaV3KH

Highland Sling

Highland Sling

One of the most refreshing cocktail style drinks is the sling. A traditional sling consists of a spirit with water, sugar, and citrus juice. Here we modify the traditional version to create a mix of different flavours that combine beautifully together. A smooth tasting blend of whiskies start as our base and strong alcohol presence. We then add sweet vanilla, light fruit notes of apricot and stretch those flavours with cranberry and apple juices. All of the ingredients in one drink make a very refreshing and flavourful beverage that you can sip and enjoy. Cheers!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz. Famous Grouse blended scotch whisky

1/2 oz. Galliano Liqueur

1/2 oz. Bols Apricot Brandy

1oz. Cranberry Juice

2oz. Apple Juice

Garnish with an Apple slice

Method:

Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass with ice. Garnish with an apple slice.

Tips:

An important method in this drink is the shake. If the cocktail is not shaken, you will lose some of the appeal from the complete mixing of the flavours and the froth that is present when juices are forced to combine.

Pouring into a glass with new ice will help create a refreshing and crisp cocktail. Compared to simply using the same ice that is in the shaker which is rounded and dull due to the shaking process.