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Scotch Whisky and SCOTCH COCKTAILS


Scotch whisky, originally made from malted barley, evolved from a Scottish drink called uisge beatha, Gaelic for "lively water" or "water of life". Though nobody knows when or how whisky first came to Scotland, according to the Exchequer Rolls (records of royal income and expenditure) of Scotland, Scotch whisky was first legally distilled in 1494. There is an excellent history of Scotch whisky here.

Scotch whisky is made from malt or grains, is distilled as either single malt, single grain or blended whiskies, must be made in Scotland and must be aged in oak barrels a minimum of three years. 

There are three categories of Scotch whisky. Single malt (only water and malted barley made at a single distillery by batch distillation in pot stills), Single grain (made at a single distillery but, in addition to water and malted barley, may involve whole grains of other malted or unmalted cereals), and Blended. Blended Scotch whiskys are defined by whether they are Blended malt Scotch whisky (a blend of two or more single malt Scotch whiskies from different distilleries), Blended grain Scotch whisky (a blend of two or more single grain Scotch whiskies from different distilleries), or Blended Scotch whisky (a blend of one or more single malt Scotch whiskies with one or more single grain Scotch whiskies.) 

What's the deal with whisky versus whiskey? It's all a matter of geographics, the Scots prefer whisky while we Americans and the Irish use whiskey. As for bourbon versus whiskey that's another mash-up.

For those of you who don't drink their scotch neat, on the rocks or with a bit of water or soda, here are some
SCOTCH COCKTAILS

ROB ROY
(A Rob Roy is a Manhattan made with Scotch instead of Rye Whiskey)

CHOCOLATE ROB ROY

GODFATHER
(A favorite of mine from the seventies)

GUY FAWKES COCKTAIL

ROBERT BURNS COCKTAIL

THE BLOOD and SAND
 3/4 Oz. Scotch
3/4 Oz. Cherry Brandy
3/4 Oz. Sweet Vermouth
3/4 Oz. Orange Juice
Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled then strain into a chilled martini glass.

SCOTCH OLD FASHIONED
3 Oz. Scotch
1 Tsp. Water
1 Sugar Cube
3 Dashes Bitters
1 Orange Slice
Maraschino Cherry
In an old-fashioned glass, drop the bitters onto the sugar cube then muddle with the water. Fill the glass 3/4 full with ice cubes and pour in the scotch. Garnish with the orange slice and cherry and serve with a swizzle stick.

THE MODERN
1-1/2 Oz. Scotch
1-1/2 Oz. Sloe Gin
1-1/2 Tsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Tsp. Sugar
1 Dash Absinthe
1 Dash Orange Bitters
Combine the sugar and the lemon juice in the bottom of a cocktail shaker then add 1 cup of ice. Pour in the remaining ingredients and shake until well chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a Maraschino cherry and an orange twist.

and last, but not least:
Made with Scotch and Drambuie.

National Scotch Day is July 27th, International Scotch Day is February 10th.

"Set up another case bartender! The best thing for a case of nerves is a case of Scotch.”
- W. C. Fields

PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY
Updated 2-2017
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