If there’s one thing the Queen of the Hebrides can hold claim to, it’s producing some of the world’s best Single Malt Whisky. Renowned for producing Whiskies with strong peaty tones, a trip to Islay is a Whisky connoisseur’s dream. Get ready for your next trip to the island with these 5 Inspired Islay Whisky Cocktails.
The Whisky Sour – Islay Whisky
Ingredients: 2 parts Islay Whisky, ½ part sugar syrup, 1 part lemon juice, ½ egg white, crushed ice. Complete with a cherry and orange slice.
The trick to creating the perfect Whisky Sour is to mix the sugar and lemon evenly. Shake well! If you’re not too keen on egg-whites, then this is merely an optional ingredient.
The Rob Roy – Islay Whisky
Ingredients: 45ml of Islay Whisky, 25ml of Sweet Vermouth and a dash of Angostura Bitters and serve over ice. Finish the cocktail with a cherry garnish or alternatively, a lemon twist.
This cocktail, unlike its name suggests, was actually created at the Waldolf Astoria in Manhattan. The barman decided to mark the celebration of the opening premiere of the Rob Roy operetta in 1984 with his creation, and as such the cocktail grew in popularity very quickly.
Today the Rob Roy continues to thrive as a popular choice of drink – so why not try it with an Islay Whisky twist?
The Suburban – Islay Whisky
Ingredients: 3 parts Islay Whisky, 1 part Dark Rum, 1 part Port and a dash Angostura Bitters served over ice cubes.
This classic cocktail packs a real punch. Not for the weak of stomach, this cocktail is perfect for “thrill-seekers” looking for a concoction that delivers a triple whammy of a bitter kick, soothing smoothness and a hint of sweetness.
Old Fashioned – Islay Whisky
Ingredients: 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters, 2 ounces of Islay Whisky, a sugar cube, and a club soda mixer.
This cocktail is better known as the chosen drink of Mad Men leading character, Don Draper. It is estimated this cocktail recipe goes back as far as 1806, and is usually made with rye whisky. Swap it out for Islay Whisky and you’ll be on your way to sweet peaty cocktail heaven.
Smoke Signals – Islay Whisky
Ingredients: ½ cup of sugar, ½ cup of chopped and toasted pecans, 2 cups of pecan chips, 10 tablespoons of Islay Whisky, 6 tablespoons of Sherry, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, served over ice cubes.
This cocktail is one for those who love Islay Whisky’s peaty undertones. Take the smokiness to the next level by smoking your ice cubes over a barbeque.
Islay Whisky with Islay Cottages
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