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.