Elements of Islay

Chemistry of mixology

Whisky is an ideal cocktail ingredient – just think of the classic cocktails that use whisky as its base, such as the Manhattan, Sour and Rob Roy. Many of these cocktails will use a Speyside malt (fruity, honeyed style) or American whiskey (toffee and spice), but using peaty whisky in a cocktail will add smoky depth, adding layers of complexity.

Experiment with your Elements of Islay collection and your favourite whisk(e)y cocktail – each one will bring something different depending on which bottle – for example, Cl bottlings will give a fresh, citrus twist to a cocktail, Lp examples will add extra fruity, maritime notes, while Lg bottlings will crank up the smoke. Get mixing!

Whisky Sour

Ingredients

60ml Elements of Islay
30ml lemon juice
30ml sugar syrup
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
Half an egg white

Garnish

Cherry
Lemon slice

Method

Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake for 20 seconds. Strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with a cherry and an lemon slice.

Old Fashioned

Ingredients

50ml Elements of Islay
1 slice orange peel
1 tsp sugar syrup
1 maraschino cherry
3 dashes Angostura Bitters

Garnish

Lemon peel

Method

Squeeze then rub the orange peel over the glass, and then place in the glass. Add the sugar syrup, cherry, bitters, three ice cubes and half of the whisky and stir for 20 seconds. Add more ice and the rest of the whisky and stir again. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel.

Blood & Sand

Ingredients

20ml Elements of Islay
20ml Cherry Heering liqueur
20ml sweet vermouth
20ml fresh orange juice

Garnish

Orange zest

Method

Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake for 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with an orange-zest twist.

Rusty Nail

Ingredients

50ml Elements of Islay
20ml Drambuie liqueur

Garnish

Lemon zest

Method

Place ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and stir until well chilled. Strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish with a piece of lemon zest.

Hot Toddy

Ingredients

50ml Elements of Islay
1 tsp runny honey
12.5ml lemon juice
12.5ml sugar syrup
3 cloves
Boiling water

Garnish

Cinnamon stick

Method

Place the whisky and honey in a heatproof glass. Add the remaining ingredients, top with boiling water and stir until the honey has dissolved. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

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