Jenny Adams/Courtesy of Slowly Shirley
Molly McArdle
April 19, 2017

Fast becoming a staple on cocktail menus, scotch is an ornery star. So distinctive is Scotland’s signature, smoky whisky that it’s a delicate ingredient to balance. (Unlike vodka, you can’t dump it in just anything.) But when it’s done right, the perfect scotch cocktail is something magnificent to behold—and to taste.

Though blended scotches—made from a variety of single malts—are often a mixologist’s go-to for their smoothness and consistency, single malt whiskys offer something a little more distinctive. Glenlivet, made in the oldest legal distillery in Scotland, is one such single malt. One of the best-selling single malts in the world, Glenlivet (in typical Speyside fashion) is also one of the best balanced, characterized by light and grassy notes that offer exciting mixing possibilities.

Take a tour through the great (and fast reviving) cocktails of scotch past with a bottle of Glenlivet, with two new inventions to spice things up.

The Rob Roy

A Manhattan that will punch you

Ingredients
2 oz. Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve
1 oz. sweet vermouth
Dash of angostura bitters
Maraschino cherry

1. Combine scotch, vermouth, and bitters with ice and stir.

2. Strain and serve in a martini glass.

3. Garnish with the cherry.

Blood and Sand

As dramatic and sexy as the Rudolph Valentino movie it was named after

Ingredients
3/4 oz. Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso
3/4 oz. sweet vermouth
3/4 oz. Cherry Heering liqueur
3/4 oz. freshly squeezed orange juice
Orange peel

1. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously until you’ve produced a nice foam.

2. Strain and serve in a chilled martini glass.

3. Garnish with an orange peel.

The Rusty Nail

It tastes better than it sounds

Ingredients
2 oz. Glenlivet XXV
1/2 oz. Drambuie

1. Combine together ingredients over ice in an old-fashioned glass.

2. Stir well and serve.

Malt Fig Sour

A fruity twist from The Bar at The Dorchester in London

Ingredients
2 oz. Glenlivet 15
1 oz. Crème de Figue
1 oz. Lemon juice
Dash of egg powder
Fresh figs

1. Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker

2. Strain and serve into a chilled martini glass

3. Garnish with skewered fresh figs

Morning Glory Fizz

A foamy treat by Jim Kearns of Slowly Shirley in New York

Ingredients
1 egg white
3 dashes absinthe
3/4 oz. lemon
3/4 oz. simple syrup
2 oz. Glenlivet 18
Lemon peel

1. Combine in a cocktail mixer and dry shake, or shake without ice.

2. Add ice to the shaker and shake again.

3. Remove the ice from the shaker and shake a third time (aka reverse dry shake).

4. Pour into a cocktail class and top with soda.

5. Garnish with a lemon twist

The Lady Moray

Citrus and smoke from San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara

Ingredients
2 oz. Glenlivet 12
3/4 oz. fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice
1 oz. pressed pineapple juice
1/2 oz. lemongrass simple syrup

1. Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker

2. Strain and serve into a chilled martini glass

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