Spring and Whisky Cocktails were not exactly what you were thinking? And that’s why its so brilliant. Its the same innovation and out of the box thinking that brought to life the Graham brother’s Black Bottled Whisky. Cee’s favorite Whisky Brand.
I first met the creation from the Graham brothers, when DKC sent me to the media re-launch for the new look bottle. The event was hosted at The Dutch in Durban North, SA and it was a wonderful evening. You can see my thoughts here .
My love of Black Bottle Whisky itself is very simple. It smells of smoke, ash and wood. That’s all. It’s the perfect whisky in a sense where it can stand on its own two feet, is the perfect mix to have with ginger ale and even better can be easily mixed into a cocktail for a lighter, fresher choice during Spring afternoons.
Hailing from Aberdeen is one of the greatest Whisky creations I have tasted in my 12 year Hospitality Career. Three brothers who were tea makers in 1879 have come out on top believing that there was more in them and their futures than just being good at something, but rather choosing to be brilliant.
Whisky Cocktails are fun. They’re fun to make and fun to drink, but messy to experiment with. For that reason, I have used example images below for the recipes I created. Your drinks should look like the image examples when mixed correctly. And don’t be scared to get a little feisty in the kitchen / bar area.
I want people to start understanding that Whisky does not have to be a heavy drink and with a brand like Black Bottle who are all for mixing your own creations, what excuses do we have left not to try something new?
I personally would love to throw a Ladies Whisky Cocktail Afternoon this Spring. Surrounded by good friends Spring dresses and light finger food. So lets get to it and discover some of those cocktail mixes.
The Sarah Bernhardt
Much like the feisty and fiery namesake, known as “The Most Famous Actress The Word has Ever Known” with her naturally red mane, meet this new take on Whisky.
1 x Tall Glass
3 x Table Spoons of Crushed Ice
1/2 Can of Bashews Pink Pineapple Soda (Yes its Pink)
2 x Shots of Black Bottle Whisky
1/2 Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
Add the crushed ice to the tall glass
Add the Black Bottle Whisky to the crushed ice
Add the Orange Juice
And top with Bashews Pink Pineapple Soda
Do not mix, but rather sip as is, letting the flavors naturally run into each other
The Veronica Lake
I’d imagine that this Pear and Apple Whisky-Tini is much like Miss. Lake. A typical New York Upmarket drink. Drunk on roof top bars and cigar clubs alike.
1 x Martini Glass
1 Teaspoon Brown Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon Spice
2 x Shots of Black Bottle Whisky
125 mls Pear Juice (I suggest a dry pear not a sweet pear)
80mls Apple Juice
Use Lemon Juice to wet the rim of the glass
Mix the Cinnamon & Sugar together and sprinkle the mix around the wet rim of the glass
Add slightly warmed Pear and Apple Juice
Heat up the Black Bottle Whisky and add to glass just before serving
Add pieces of the baked apple to the Martini
Serve and Enjoy…….
The Humphrey Bogart
Simply put, a classic, classy culturally icon of male Golden Era of Hollywood.
I like to think that this cocktail pays home-age to the Black Bottle Brand its creators the Graham Brothers. By keeping it simple and enhancing the strong flavors and smokey element within this Whisky.
1 x Chilled Tumbler Glass
3-4 Small Ice Cubes
3 x Fingers of Black Bottle Whisky
1 Shot of Kahlua
1 x Finger Soda Water (Optional)
Add the Ice cubes to the chilled tumbler glass
Add the Kahlua and leave to settle in the ice cubes
Add Soda water
Add Black Bottle Whisky
Do not mix, use small straw to sip chilled cocktail
Enjoyed well with sharp finger foods, such as Brie, Gorgonzola, Gherkins and Marmalade Onion
Thanks to the team at DKC and the Black Bottle Family for once again, allowing me a peak into their world. I look forward to seeing more things come from the BB Team.
And As Always…..