4 classic whisky cocktails to make with your bottle of Glenmorangie  

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New cocktails hit the scene every day, bringing fresh and exciting twists to the world of whisky. But while experimental modern variants are often short-lived, the classics have stood the test of time and remain the go-to recipes for malt lovers all over the world. Whether you’re a Glenmorangie aficionado or just have some leftover whisky to make us of, these four cocktails will do the trick.

The Whisky Sour

The whisky sour is one of the all-time classics with history dating back more than a century and a raft of variations including the Boston and New York sours. Here’s how to make the original in all its glory with some Glenmorangie.

Glass: Lowball glass (short tumbler)

Ingredients:

  • 50ml whisky
  • 30ml fresh lemon juice
  • 10ml sugar syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • 1-3 dashes bitters

Method:

Combine the egg white, sugar syrup, whisky and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker and shake it. Fill the shaker with ice and shake again until it’s frothy and chilled. Prepare a glass topped with ice, strain the mix over the top and finish with up to three dashes of bitters.

The Old Fashioned

It’s in the name, really. Many whisky connoisseurs consider the old fashioned to be the quintessential cocktail and the epitome of its historical definition. Balancing simple ingredients without any unnecessary fanfare, this recipe is essential knowledge for any whisky buff worth their salt.

Glass: Lowball glass (short tumbler)

Ingredients:

  • 60ml whisky
  • ½ teaspoon sugar (increase to a full teaspoon if you like it sweeter)
  • 4 dashes orange bitters
  • 1 twist of orange peel

Method:

Add the Glenmorangie whisky, sugar and bitters to a glass, mix and muddle to crush the sugar and combine. Top up with ice cube machines and stir, finishing with a twist of orange to garnish.

The Hot Toddy

Warm and comforting without being sickly sweet, the hot toddy is a delightful nightcap and the perfect cocktail to sip in a cosy nook by the fireplace – or just at the table with friends over a card game.

Glass: Coffee mug

Ingredients:

  • 175ml boiling water
  • 45ml whisky
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons honey
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Method:

Juice half the lemon. Add boiling water to the mug (only use warm water if serving in glass) and pour in whisky, honey and 2-3 teaspoon of lemon juice. Stir until the honey is fully dissolved. If required, add more lemon juice or honey to taste, and garnish with a cinnamon stick and a slice of lemon.

The Whisky Highball

Light, refreshing and easy as all hell to make, the whisky highball is perfect for sunnier days when you want a crisper way to enjoy your whisky.

Glass: Highball glass

Ingredients:

  • 50ml whisky
  • 100ml soda water (or ginger ale)

Optional:

  • 1 fresh orange

Method:

Fill a highball glass with ice, pour in the whisky then top up with soda water or ginger ale. You can adjust the quantities with one part whisky to two parts mixer depending on the size of your glass. If you want another sweet alternative, add orange slices with the ice and juice the second half to combine with your whisky and soda water.

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