My brother in law absolutely loves Old Fashioneds (made with Canadian Club of course), mostly because of the show Mad Men, and until very recently I wasn’t one for whisky mixed cocktails. Most of the time I drink whisky, it’s usually a single malt Scotch and it’s neat. There’s something criminal about using a single malt in a cocktail, you lose the main benefit of it being a single malt in the first place.
I’ve recently started to expand into blended whiskies and Famous Grouse and Black Grouse have really surprised me given their price point. I think that if you’re going to be making a cocktail, it’s best to do with blends and you generally don’t want to use an expensive one. Both Famous and Black Grouse are extremely affordable and offer good value for a blended scotch.
I’m always intrigued by cocktails that require a bit of skill to make. Egg white is a popular emulsifying agent in cocktails and I was sent a recipe (from Famous Grouse’s public relations firm) for a drink called Highland Dress that includes egg white.
Created by Chris Marty of Untitled Chicago, this beverage has egg white, lemon juice, and Combier Peche de Vigne (which is peach fruit liqueur):
- 2 oz. The Black Grouse
- .5 oz. Combier Peche de Vigne
- .5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1 oz. Simple Syrup
- 1 Egg White
“Dry shake to emulsify egg white, then shake all ingredients together with ice to chill. Double strain and serve in an Old Fashioned glass, half-rimmed with Applewood Smoked Sea Salt.”
Sounds delicious, we have some peach liqueur left over from our last party and we even have some Applewood smoked sea salt (a gift actually and it smells incredible). We might have to give this one a shot.