If you can’t think of a more pleasant pastime than lounging in a vintage leather chair with a good book and an even better glass of Scotch Whisky, read on.
Sipping single malts neat is the classic measure of authentic whisky appreciation, but it’s not the only way — not even for purists. Always up to the challenge of taste-testing new spirits releases, Pursuitist presents our latest, greatest whisky discoveries, and how to sample each with a signature cocktail to satisfy your taste buds. Think beyond the Whisky Sour and Old Fashioned, and you will be rewarded.
The Spirit: The Singleton of Glendullan Single Malt Scotch – Aged 12 years
The Cocktail: Single Fix
1.5 oz The Singleton 12 Year Old
0.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
0.5 oz Black Peppercorn Syrup
Method: Add all ingredients into a shaker. Add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass and garnish with a sprinkle of ground black pepper and a lemon wheel.
The Cocktail: Scotch Sling
1.5 oz Johnnie Walker Black Label
0.75 oz Lemon Juice
0.75 oz 1:1 Simple Syrup
2 dashes Aromatic Bitters
Optional: Egg white for a foamy head
Method: Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake hard for 7-10 seconds, or double if you’re using egg white. If you’re using egg white, strain everything into a glass, remove the ice and shake again. Strain and serve neat or over ice in a rocks glass. Finish with a lemon peel garnish.
The Spirit: Buchanan’s Deluxe
The Cocktail: James Blackberry
1.5 oz Buchanan’s Deluxe
4-5 Blackberries, muddled
0.75 Honey Syrup (2 parts honey, 1 part water)
0.5 oz Chambord
0.75 oz Lemon Juice
Method: Lightly muddle 4-5 blackberries in a cocktail shaker. Add remaining ingredients and shake over ice. Double strain so seeds of the blackberries don’t leak through. Pour over crushed ice in a rocks glass. Garnish cocktail with mint bouquet and lemon zest.
The Spirit: Old Parr Blended Scotch Whisky – Aged 12 Years
The Cocktail: Old Parr Golden
1.5 oz Old Parr Aged 12 Years
1 oz Ginger Syrup
0.5 oz Lemon Juice
Top with Premium Club Soda
Method: Combine the syrup and lemon juice with Old Parr Aged 12 Years. Shake well and strain into a rocks glass over ice. Top with premium club soda and garnish with an orange wedge.
The Cocktail: Cab Cask Sour
1.5 oz I.W. Harper Cabernet Cask Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
75 oz Simple Syrup
75 oz Lemon Juice
25 oz California Cabernet
Method: Add I.W. Harper Cabernet Cask Reserve, simple syrup and lemon juice to a shaker with ice, shake until chilled. Pour into a rocks glass filled with large ice cubes. Top the cocktail with a wine float. Garnish with an orange slice and a Maraschino cherry.
Based in Los Angeles, Vicki Arkoff is Editor at Large for Pursuitist and a founding editor for Holiday Goddess, the online destination for chic women travelers from the editors of Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Grazia, Conde Nast Traveler, and BBC. Her travel and lifestyle reports can also be been seen in Atlas Obscura, The Awesomer, DaySpa, The Chicago Tribune, CNN Travel, JustLuxe, Lonely Planet, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Toronto Star, WellSpa 360, WestJet Magazine, Where Traveler, Where Guestbook, Yahoo News, and dozens more. She's co-author of the bestselling Holiday Goddess books (HarperCollins and iTunes) including 'The Holiday Goddess Guide to Paris, London, New York, Rome,' a travel Top 10 staple. As editor, Vicki's other books include 'Sinatra' (DK), 'Inside Mad' (Time-Life) and 'Virgin Los Angeles' (Virgin Books). She is one of the Usual Gang of Idiots for MAD Magazine, an entertainment reporter (Daily Variety, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Magazine, CREEM), and authorized biographer for pop culture icons from the Beach Boys to Beastie Boys, Paul McCartney to MC Hammer.