Mix your whisky with whatever you feel like

2012-10-27 00:00

FORGET what you’ve heard about the unwritten rules of whisky drinking; how you should never drink it with soda or other mixers.

A visiting master distiller from Scotland said you can drink whisky with any mixer you choose, and he actually shares a few cocktail recipes. Who are we to argue with a master?

Glen Grant master distiller, Dennis Malcolm, who arrives in South Africa next week for the 2012 Whisky Live Festival in Durban on Friday, even has a cocktail named after him, aptly called “Dennis’ Favourite”.

So next time some snooty friend of yours tells you how whisky should not be drunk, tell him that one of the world’s top master distillers drinks whisky cocktails.

Asked what in his opinion made a great single malt whisky, Malcolm simply said: “Scotland”.

The Irish, who claim to be the originators of what the Scots call the “drink of the gods”, will beg to differ.

Until Victorian times, Irish whiskey was more popular than Scotch. But the fight over who invented whisky, which is best and why the Irish spell theirs with an ‘e’ is a story for another day.

According to latest figures released by the U.S. Distilled Spirits Council, Irish whiskey currently outsells Scotch in North America. Irish whiskey sales rose by 24% to 1,7 million nine-litre cases in 2011, while Scotch single malt whisky sales grew 9,5% to 1,4 million cases.

RECIPES:

Jock Collins

1 tot whisky

1 tot lemon juice

½ tot sugar syrup

Fill up with soda water

Serve in a long drink glass on ice

Dennis’ Favourite (named after Malcolm)

1 tot whisky

Fill up with sparkling apple juice

Serve in a long drink glass on ice

Miami Beach Cocktail

2 tots whisky

2 tots Cinzano Vermouth extra dry

2 tots grapefruit juice

Pour in a shaker and serve in a Martini glass

Malt Sour

1 tot whisky

1 tot lemon juice

½ tot sugar syrup

Shake with ice and serve in tall glass without ice

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