Scotch may not immediately jump out at you when you're thinking about summer cocktails, but National Scotch Day is Monday, July 27th, and we think when combined with the right mixers (although we are a fan of it on the rocks), scotch makes a great warm weather spirit. So after a long day at work this National Scotch Day, kick back and relax with one of these cocktails.
Usquaebach Highlands Dash. (Courtesy Photo)
1. Usquaebach Highlands Dash: (Created by Warren Bobrow)
• 1 oz. Usquaebach Reserve
• 1 oz. freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
• 1 oz. Sparkling Water
• 1/2 oz. Honey Simple Syrup
• Dash of Grapefruit Bitters
• Small pinch of Orange-zested Sea Salt
• Orange twist for garnish
Fill a highball with crushed ice. Add Usquaebach, lemon juice, grapefruit bitters, and honey simple syrup to an ice-filled Boston shaker. Shake, and strain into highball. Add a pinch of the zested sea salt and finish with sparkling water. Serve with an orange twist.
2. Smoked Hefeweizen:
• 1 part Laphroaig 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
• 4 parts Hefeweizen or Wheat Beer
• Splash of fresh Orange Juice
Build in order in a pint glass or beer mug. Garnish with an orange wheel on the rim.
That Scotch One. (Courtesy Photo)
3. That Scotch One: (Created by Gareth Howells of Forest Point)
• 1.5 oz. Cutty Sark Whisky
• .5 oz. Cocchi Americano
• .75 oz. Lemon Juice
• 2 dash Peychauds Bitters
• Boylan Crème Float
• Muddled Strawberry
• Mint Sprig Garnish
Smoked Hefeweizen. (Courtesy Photo)
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice, garnish with mint.
4. The Front Porch Punch: (Created by Eryn Reece of Death & Co.)
• 2 oz. Chai Tea Infused Famous Grouse*
• .5 oz. Lemon Juice
• .5 oz. Pineapple Juice
• .75 oz. Simple Syrup
• 1 oz. Soda Water
Using the chai tea infused Famous Grouse as the base, combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass and garnish with lemon wheels.
Chai-Tea Infused Famous Grouse:
• 4 tablespoons loose leaf Chai Tea
• 750 mL bottle of The Famous Grouse
Directions: Add 4 tablespoons loose leaf chai tea to a 750 mL bottle of The Famous Grouse. Let sit for at least half an hour and strain desired amount.