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Scottish Leader presents its #NEWPERSPECTIVE cocktails for World Whisky Day
Scottish Leader presents its #NEWPERSPECTIVE cocktails for World Whisky Day
Mixologist Owen O'Reilly
Mixologist Owen O'Reilly

Scottish Leader presents its #NewPerspective cocktails for World Whisky Day

RECIPES

Issued by August Collective on behalf of Scottish Leader - May 18th, 13:39

Scottish Leader is presenting its award-winning Signature blend in a new light with two very unusual whisky cocktails specially developed by expert mixologist, Owen O’Reilly of Sip Exclusive, to celebrate World Whisky Day on Saturday, 20 May.

“I had so much fun exploring techniques whilst developing these cocktails featuring Scottish Leader’s popular Signature blend! The unique and multi-faceted taste profile of this whisky makes it so versatile. Narrowing down the options seemed like an almost insurmountable task, but I eventually arrived with two recipes that I reckon will blow whisky lovers away,” O’Reilly explains.

“With Scottish Leader Signature, master distiller Dr Kirstie McCallum and her team have amplified the island malts influence to give whisky aficionados a complex and layered offering with a very rich, smoky profile. These cocktails aim to signify exactly this.”

Recipes to create O’Reilly’s cocktails for Scottish Leader:

Scottish Leader Blazer (just in time for winter!)

Serves one.

Ingredients
50ml Scottish Leader Signature
50ml tea mix
20 ml chocolate syrup
10 ml orange vermouth
10ml lemon juice
Chocolate shavings or nutmeg to garnish

Method
Special preparations:

Tea mix: Add 2 tablespoons of Lapsang Souchong and 2 tablespoons of honeybush tea to 500ml hot water and 250ml hot milk (or almond milk). Let it steep until cooled down. Strain the mixture into a suitably sized container and store in the fridge.

Chocolate syrup: Add 2 pieces of 100% cocoa paste to 1 cup of white sugar and 1.5 cups of water to a pot. Stir and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes, then strain the mixture into a suitably sized container and store in the fridge.

Orange vermouth: Pour 500ml red vermouth (Martini or Cinzano) into a sealable jar or container. Add the skin of 1 orange and seal the jar or container. Let it steep for 2 days.

Preparing the cocktail, using the blaze (heat and flame) method (be careful!)
Combine all ingredients in a small pot or metal jug with two handles. Have an extra small pot or metal jug ready. Heat the ingredients to just before boiling point. Set the mixture alight with a lighter or chef’s torch. Slowly pour it back and forth from one pot or jug to the next and repeat 6 times. Extinguish the flame and pour the cocktail in a heatproof tumbler to serve. Garnish with chocolate shavings or nutmeg.

Scottish Leader Capsicum Snapper

Serves one.

Ingredients
50ml Scottish Leader Signature
50ml red pepper purée
15ml chocolate syrup
20ml tea-infused vermouth
Dash of Toscello ginger bitters
Slice of red pepper to garnish

Method
Special preparations:

Red pepper purée: Roast two large red peppers until the skins turn black. Set aside to cool, and then scrape or pull the black skin off. Cut the peppers into chunks and add to a blender or food processor. Add 50ml fresh cream, 50ml fresh lemon juice, 1cm fresh chilli, 100ml medium cream sherry, as well as salt and pepper to taste. Blend until smooth and then strain. Set aside.

Chocolate syrup: Add 2 pieces of 100% cocoa paste to 1 cup of white sugar and 1.5 cups of water to a pot. Stir and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes, then strain the mixture into a suitably sized container and store in the fridge.

Tea-infused vermouth: Pour 500ml red vermouth (Martini or Cinzano) into a sealable jar or container. Add 1 tablespoon of Lapsang Souchong tea and seal the jar or container. Let it steep for 2 days.

Preparing the cocktail, using the roll/throw method
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Take another empty shaker and roll/pour the mixture from one shaker to the next and repeat a few times. Strain and pour the cocktail into a round tumbler or hollow red pepper to serve. Garnish with a slice of red pepper.

Scottish Leader Signature retails countrywide for approximately R220 per 750ml bottle.

Visit www.scottishleader.co.za to find out more about the brand.

 

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