Crystal Barkeepers Share Two Favorite Scotch Whisky Cocktails
It’s as synonymous with the bonny hills of Scotland as kilts, castles and tartan. It has been disputed, taxed, prohibited and regulated. It has been the centerpiece of celebrations far beyond the United Kingdom, its production a meticulous art unto itself. And it is the main ingredient of our barkeepers’ favorite cocktails for this Thirsty Thursday. On the rocks, neat, with a water back, mixed in a martini glass, sipped from a dram, with bitters or without… the ways to enjoy fine Scotch whisky are virtually limitless.
Straight from the bars and lounges of Crystal ships, we’re sharing two classic Scotch whisky concoctions that will have you daydreaming of mist over green grass and epic occasions like the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, as well as nights in the Avenue Saloon and Connoisseur Club aboard Crystal ships. Until we can meet there again, Crystal@Home wishes you “Slàinte mhath,” pronounced “slan-ge-var” and meaning “Cheers, to your health!”
Did you know? The heritage of distilled spirits in Scotland is long and proud, first recorded in the 15th century, with Scotch whisky a favorite of King James IV.
The Rob Roy – The Scotch counterpart to the famous bourbon Manhattan cocktail, the Rob Roy was created in New York City’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel and named after the Scottish folk hero of the same name.
2 ¼ oz. Famous Grouse Scotch Whisky
¾ oz. Sweet vermouth
Dash of Angostura bitters (optional)
Stir the liquors with ice, then strain into a martini glass, or simply pour over fresh ice to enjoy on the rocks. Crystal barkeepers recommend stirring about 30-45 seconds for the perfect amount of natural water dilution.
Crystal Serenity barkeeper Denis Blagojevic makes a version with orange-flavored Angostura bitters, then flames the oils from an orange peel over the drink. This caramelizes the oils as they leave the peel and settle on the surface of the cocktail.
The Rusty Nail – Made with Drambuie Scotch liqueur – a liqueur based on Scotch malt whisky and sweetened with heather honey and flavored with herbs – this drink is rumored to have been a favorite of the Rat Pack in the 1960’s.
1 ¼ oz. Dewars Scotch Whisky
¾ oz. Drambuie Scotch Whisky
Pour over ice into a rocks glass. Stir once and serve.
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