Any good cocktails I can make with Glen Moray scotch?
Got this as a gift and am not a big scotch drinker. Any suggestions?
1 Old Fashioned Glass
2 - 3 ice cubes
2 - 3 oz. Scotch
Comibne ingredients from lines 2 and 3 above in the glass and enjoy!
Glen Moray is a very solid Speyside single-malt whisky. I would NOT recommend using it in a mixed drink/cocktail, where any blended Scotch would suffice. Glen Moray should be sipped neat in a glass with a little bit of water. No ice please!
If you are not a Scotch drinker, I would seriously think about re-gifting the Glen Moray to someone who is!
re: The Professor
I've never understood the somewhat competing notions of "don't waste it in mixed drinks" versus "don't go cheap on your mixed drink ingredients" as in, the better the products going in, the better the cocktail coming out.
If the OP isn't going to drink it straight, or give it away to internet message board friends, won't it be wasted in the back of his liquor cabinet? Plus, he got it for free, so where is the waste?
I generally find that cheap ingredients make lousy tasting cocktails. That said, sometimes a wonderful, subtle, balanced spirit lacks the boldness to punch through the other ingredients and dilution in a cocktail. Cognac is a good example of this.
I would definitely mix with this. I had a Negroni / Boulevardier variant a few days ago using Laphroaig that I though was nice.
Scotch is an underused ingredient with lots of potential. Assuming you enjoy the base flavor, search and experiment.
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The only Scotch-based cocktail that I really enjoy is the Blood and Sand:
1 oz Scotch
3⁄4 oz Sweet vermouth
3⁄4 oz Cherry Liqueur, Cherry Heering
1 oz Orange juice
1 ds Orange bitters (optional)
1 twst Orange peel (optional, expressed)
Shake, strain, straight up, cocktail. Optional bitters and expressed orange twist garnish.