There’s just something about Scotch during the holidays, isn’t there? That deep, smoky flavor seems to pair well with almost every ingredient associated with end of the year feasts, from beef roasts to chocolate. Sipping a dram of Scotch after devouring a hefty meal is a satisfying conclusion, but what about ending the night with a Scotch cocktail? While it may seem blasphemous, let these five cocktails change your mind.
Star bartender Charlotte Voisey is famous for finding new ways to bring fruits and vegetables into cocktails and the Royal Balmoral Punch is no exception. Named after the Scottish summer home owned by the Royal Family, this cocktail combines Scotch Whisky, tea syrup, apple juice, thistle and Champagne for a fresh and smoky taste. Keep your pinky out as you sip to emulate that formal flare.
For a spirit that purists think should only be enjoyed neat, Scotch really does play well with others. Cognac and Scotch play the lead roles in the Spin Move, with the support of cardamom, citrus, St. Germain elderflower liqueur and bitters, adding sweetness and complexity. Your move.