Whether you’re a writer or avid reader, here’s a cocktail that’s sure to inspire great words. The classic Ink Street is a mix of citrus-sweet orange, citrus-sour lemon and blended scotch whisky with a light oak finish.
I’ve come across many variations of this cocktail that use a different whisky, but I particularly enjoy the flavours in the blended scotch and how they interact with the orange and lemon notes.
1½ oz The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky
¾ oz orange juice
¾ oz lemon juice
Half an orange wheel, to garnish
Chill a cocktail glass with ice and set aside. Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Discard the ice from the cocktail glass and strain in shaken ingredients. Place the half orange wheel garnish on the rim.
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!
2 oz (60 ml) Famous Grouse Blended Scotch whisky
¾ tsp (4 ml) honey
Splash of water
Lemon twist for garnish
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.
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.
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!
1oz Famous Grouse blended scotch whisky
1/2 oz honey syrup
1/4 oz lemon juice
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
Lemon twist for garnish
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.