Become a Whisky Drinker with this Easy Cocktail
For some, whisky can be intimidating. there are so many different types and flavours of the spirit that it can be easy to get overwhelmed and stick with what you know. Whisky just so happens to be my preferred spirit – I began my exploration into the wide world of whisky after Don Draper made it look so effortlessly cool on Mad Men.
Discovering my preferred styles and maker is an ongoing journey but I’m convinced that there is a whisky out there for everyone. Finding your favourite blend can be a time-consuming task, but patience is a virtue.
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I’d encourage you to check out inspiration on Pinterest for ways to enjoy whisky.
It might take some taste testing and ambitious sampling before you find a whisky that you want to enjoy neat. I often recommend newbies to the category, who are unsure of where to start, dip their toes into the category with an easy whisky cocktail.
Exploring different types of scotch whisky can help you to create unique cocktails that will elevate any dinner party.
A well-crafted whisky cocktail allows you to enjoy the rich flavours and complexity of the spirit, without being overwhelmed. Today, I’m sharing an easy whisky cocktail with ingredients that wonderfully complement the different elements present in two different styles of whisky for a delicious tipple that you’ll make time and time again.
Easy Whisky Cocktail to Make at Home
As a lover of Tiki cocktails, I wanted to combine tropical flavours with two different styles of whisky – in the same way you’ll often find Tiki drinks involve several styles of rum.
The Celts in the Caribbean whisky cocktail mixes The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve Single Malt Scotch and Writer’s Tears Copper Pot Irish Whiskey with pineapple juice, lime, raspberries, simple syrup, egg white, and a couple dashes of spicy bitters to yield a complex and multifaceted drink.
The Writer’s Tears whisky I’m using here has beautiful aromas of citrus, honey, apple, vanilla, and malt with a medium-bodied and fruity finish. The acidity in the lime and pineapple juices tease out the citrus notes.
The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve Single Malt is finished in oak barrels that previously held Caribbean Rum and will immediately transport you to a beachside vacation at first sniff. With sweet notes of pear, apple, and a tropical twist of ripe bananas in syrup, this whisky is ideally suited to the pineapple and raspberry in this easy whisky cocktail.
To create this tipple, add ½ ounce simple syrup to a shaker tin along with four fresh raspberries and muddle to a jammy consistency. Add 1 oz of Writer’s Tears Copper Pot Irish Whisky, ½ oz Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve Single Malt Scotch, ½ oz lime juice, ½ oz pineapple juice and 1 egg white or ¾ oz aquafaba (chickpea brine – a vegan alternative).
Shake without ice for 15-20 seconds. Add ice and shake again until well-chilled. Double strain through a fine mesh sieve into a chilled coupe glass. Take two mint leaves in the palm of your hand and slap them with your opposite hand – this helps to release the scent. Place the mint leaves on top of your frothy whisky cocktail and enjoy. One sip and you’ll be a bona fide whisky drinker.
Celts in the Caribbean: Easy Whisky Cocktail
An easy whisky cocktail to make at home and begin your discovery journey with this versatile spirit.
- ½ oz simple syrup
- 4 raspberries
- ½ oz The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve Single Malt Scotch
- 1 oz Writer’s Tears Copper Pot Irish Whiskey
- ½ oz pineapple juice
- ½ oz lime juice
- 1 egg white
- 2 dashes Chili Espresso Bitters or other spicy bitters
- Garnish: 2 mint leaves
Add simple syrups and raspberries to a shaker tin. Muddle until jammy.
Add remaining ingredients. Dry shake (without ice) for 15-20 seconds.
Add ice, shake again until well-chilled.
Double strain into a chilled coupe glass.
Garnish with two spanked mint leaves.
I hope you’ll try this Celts in the Caribbean whisky cocktail as I’m confident it will convert anyone into a whisky drinker.