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.
This elegant martini is sure to brighten the holidays. The Shooting Star martini is a mix of fresh raspberries, citrus lime, tart cranberry, aromatic bitters and smooth, oak-aged Canadian whisky. Its taste is rivalled only by it’s festive appearance.
Let the Shooting Star martini guide you to a very merry Christmas!
1 oz Canadian Club Whisky
1/3 oz lime juice
Splash of cranberry juice
Dash of Angostura Bitters
Starfruit slice for garnish (optional)
Start by placing ice in a martini glass to chill while making the drink. In a shaker glass, muddle the raspberries and fill with ice.
Add remaining ingredients and shake until well mixed. Discard the ice from the martini glass and strain the shaken ingredients into the now chilled martini glass. Place the slice of starfruit on the rim for garnish.
If starfruit is not available, placing three raspberries on a pick is a nice option.
You may double strain the shaken ingredients to remove the seeds from the martini if you prefer.