As George Bernard Shaw said quite aptly, "Whisky is liquid sunshine".
The dipping temperature and dark evenings have us looking for ways to kick the cold. What's better than the comfort drawn from a dram to warm your insides in chilly weather? Winter and whisky makes for a wonderful combination that can be cherished in the current clime. The holiday season calls for a festive cocktail. A whisky cocktail often brings to mind the more conventional bourbon. However, Scotch whisky works as brilliantly in the smooth and sour Hobnail cocktail. Though Scotch whisky by nature is a delicate ingredient for a cocktail, it ain't a sacrilege to use it either. The trick is to opt for a good blend with character that complements the drink with a robust flavour profile that has hints of malt, smoke, and more.
The Hobnail, a smooth 'Scotch-tail', is a delicious twist on the whisky sour. It is a great balanced blend of the smoky Scotch with sweet and spicy ginger syrup, tart lemon, Angostura bitters and more. The bitter notes mix well with the blended whisky and this modern classic is also a favourite of the old-fashioned lot.
Whip up this intriguing cocktail for your happy hours.
Mix Your Own Hobnail
In a shaker, combine 45 ml Scotch whisky, 20 ml ginger syrup, 20 ml lemon juice, 2 dashes Angostura bitters and 1 teaspoon Averna Amaro with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled glass also filled with ice. Serve on the rocks. Garnish with an orange peel, slice or even candied ginger.
This spicy, bitter cocktail with its great, full-bodied blend is a perfect choice to brighten, warm and get through your winters.
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