By Rajeev Mokashi
Whether your taste is modest, lavish, or somewhere in between, you will be spoilt for choice. To honour this grand occasion called World Whisky Day, TheGlitz has rounded up six exclusive whisky cocktails for our readers.
This weekend calls for some good company and a dram or two of the delectable brown elixir of life. There are whiskies to try out in traditional and contemporary ways, like neat, with water, on the rocks, or with a cheeky mixer; there are plenty of ways to enjoy them without being exclusive or impulsive. And then there are cocktails to fully explore how whisky can be fully rumbled and enjoyed with various concoctions and mixers at its best.
World Whisky Day calls for a special celebration with these classy whisky cocktails.
Speaking of chic spirit-forward cocktails, we’ve picked a Canadian whisky, Black Velvet. True to its name, the whisky reflects its uncommon velvety taste and smoothness. Black Velvet is blended at birth, distilled, and aged for 3 years in oak. Here’s the recipe for an easy classic…
2 parts Black Velvet Canadian Whisky
5 mints leaves
4 parts lemonade
Garnish: Fresh Blueberry and Mint Sprig
Preparation: In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add Black Velvet Whisky, mint leaves, and lemonade. Shake well and strain into a tall glass filled with ice.
Next in line is Jura 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky for the modern drinker, with its smooth smoky sherry sweetness. Matured in American white oak ex-bourbon barrels for 10 years and finished in Olosoro sherry casks from Jerez, Spain. Here’s another over-the-top recipe for JURA SUNSET:
25 ml Jura 10 YO
25 ml Select Aperitivo
Garnish: Orange Slice
Preparation: In a Goblet Glass add few cubes of ice. To that add 30 ml Jura 10 YO, 20 ml Select Aperitivo. Top it up with Tonic water.
BALLANTINE’S COLD BREW KICK
35 ml Ballantine’s Finest Whisky
15 ml Coffee Liqueur (Kahlua)
Cold Brew Coffee
5 ml sugar syrup
Preparation: In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add Ballantine’s Finest, coffee liqueur, and simple syrup. Top it with cold-brew coffee. Shake well and serve it for a perfect wake-up call.
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50 ml Royal Ranthambore Whisky Heritage Collection
25 ml Lemon juice
10 ml sugar syrup
1/4 tsp rock salt
1 Lemon Zest
1 egg white (optional)
Garnish: Orange slice
Preparation: In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add Royal Ranthambore Heritage Collection Whisky, simple syrup, salt, lemon zest. Shake well for 60-90 seconds till bursts of aroma fills in. Pour the mix into a chilled old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a slice of orange and serve.
EXCLUSIVE: Kamet Single Malt Cocktails
Starring next is a chosen one (rather two). Inspired by Kamet‘s single malt whisky, mixologist Chetan Gagan curated two cocktails — Kolkata and Truffle Old Fashion — at Chef Sujan Sarkar’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Indienne, in Chicago. TheGlitz gives you a peek.
Kolkata is where the single malt is folded in with fresh ginger and roasted mango elixir, topped with a spritz of Islay Whisky, and dust of raspberry chaat masala.
TRUFFLE OLD FASHION
Truffle Old Fashion uses Kamet wash with burnt butter and white truffle oil, stirred with white truffle Okinawa artisan black sugar syrup and 3 dashes of black truffle bitters, garnished with cherries compressed in white truffle oil.
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