Recipe: Professor’s Poisoned Apple

Halloween and all of its festivities are nearly upon us, so I thought it would be fun to find a Halloween-themed cocktail that is made with whisky. Notice, that’s whisky without the ‘e’ (Scotch). Because as much as I adore bourbon, I’m pretty much all about Scotland here!

I discovered this particular recipe on a site called Gastronom. The web site is run by an American couple named Jay and Leah, who love all things cocktails. Some of their recipes are pretty interesting! It’s a great resource if you are looking to try something a bit different. And that’s exactly what today’s recipe is. The “Professor’s Poisoned Apple” calls for Laphroaig, an Islay whisky that is made by drying malted barley over a peat fire, giving it its distinctive smoky taste of the island. The Scotch is combined with Amaretto, cranberry juice, apple cider, and bitters, creating a truly distinctive new flavor that isn’t dominated by any one of its ingredients. It is, for sure, an eclectic blend of tastes, but those tastes go surprisingly well together to create a flavor of fall.

Jay and Leah suggest the optional addition of dry ice as a way to really create a fun, atmospheric experience. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any on quick notice, but it would be neat to try it one day. You can see what it looks like by clicking the embedded link above. Here is the recipe. Enjoy!

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Recipe: Full Scottish (& Cheers to 2 Years!)

Hi guys! How is everyone this weekend?

So tomorrow happens to be my 2 year blogging anniversary.  Hooray me!!

To celebrate, I am trying a new whisky cocktail called a Full Scottish.  Seems rather appropriate, actually, given the focus of my blog.

I found this recipe on The Glenlivet’s web site, however, I imagine it would be good with any other Speyside (or perhaps Highland) single malt of your choice.  The Glenlivet recommends using their 15 year old Scotch for this recipe.  Mr. C says that’s an awfully good Scotch to use in a cocktail recipe, but I told him we’re going to do it anyway!  It’s a sacrifice I must make.  🙂

Enjoy.


Full Scottish

Ingredients: 

50 ml The Glenlivet 15 year old

20 ml/4 tsp lemon juice

15 ml/3 tsp white/ruby port ( I used Sandeman Founder’s Reserve Ruby Port)

5 ml/1 tsp simple syrup

15 ml/3 tsp orange marmalade

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Recipe: Rob Roy

Hi guys! I hope you have had a great weekend. I have been nursing a crappy ear infection myself. But alas, it’s been a good excuse to catch some extra z’s, lay around the house in my bathrobe, binge some television, and sip a little whisk(e)y. Always look on the sunny side of life, my friends!

In keeping with said whisk(e)y, today we are going to make a Rob Roy. Mr. C and I happen to LOVE a Manhattan cocktail, as we have been on quite the bourbon kick lately (thus the reason I included the ‘e’ in the spelling of whiskey). Our newfound appreciation for bourbon began last fall when we visited Lexington, Kentucky and toured three different distilleries.

Named after the 17th century Scottish outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor, a Rob Roy cocktail is essentially a Manhattan. But instead of bourbon – or if you’re a purist, rye whiskey – it is made with a blended Scotch (whisky without the ‘e’). We initially wanted to make today’s recipe with Dimple Pinch, a smooth, non-peaty blend that is suited perfectly for mixed drinks. Unfortunately, Mr. C couldn’t find any and the liquor store he went to was thin on blends. So instead, he decided to try one we have never had. It’s called Monkey Shoulder. Great name, right? It describes itself as “blended in small batches of three fine Speyside single malts, then married to achieve a smoother, richer taste”.

Robert Roy MacGregor (1671-1734) was a marauder in the Highlands of Scotland.  After falling out with the Duke of Montrose, Roy ran a racket, whereby he earned a living stealing cattle and then extorting money from farmers to ‘protect’ them from thieves.  His name was made even more famous by writer Walter Scott when he published his novel Rob Roy in 1817.

Based on its description, I think Monkey Shoulder sounds promising. Let’s see if the taste is as inventive as that fun name!

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“Why, Here Comes My Hot Toddy”…(Recipe)

[Fred:] Here she comes, down the street

[Bing:] My, oh my, ain’t she sweet?

[Fred:] Why, here comes my hot toddy

[Bing:] Over my dead body

[Bing:] I’ll capture her heart singing

[Fred:] Just wait until she get a load of my dancing

When I hear the words hot toddy I am always reminded of these lines from the song “I’ll Capture Your Heart”, sung by Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire in the 1942 classic movie “Holiday Inn” (and consequently, I can’t get the tune out of my head).  In the movie, Bing’s character Jim and Fred’s character Ted are both in love with Lila.  In the song, Jim sings of his plans to win Lila over with his singing and Ted is confident that his dancing will win her heart.  As the movie unfolds, Lila ends up declaring her love for Ted and a broken-hearted Jim leaves town.  Jim soon meets Linda, however, after he books her to perform at his holidays-only live entertainment venue at the inn.  They fall in love and, of course, a newly dumped Ted shows up and also sets his sights on the lovely Linda.  It’s a funny, sweet film, one that I enjoy watching year after year.  I adore those old musicals, don’t you?

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Several days ago I came across a recipe in Scotsman Food & Drink for a Scottish hot toddy.  It is one version of this widely varied drink.  There is no standard recipe, but it is consistently made with some type of liquor (generally Scotch or bourbon), a sweetener (such as sugar or honey), a warm base (like water, tea, or apple cider), and lemon.

Since we’re having our first snow of the season today, it seems like the perfect time to give this festive, Scottish version a try.

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