One of the best ways to end a cool winter’s day is by meeting friends and colleagues for happy hour. Drinking the right cocktail is also a great way to relax those hard-working muscles after a long day on the ski slopes or snow blowing the driveway.
If you’re looking for some cocktail inspiration, consider Dewar’s 12. The spirit has notes of honey, candy apples, fudge and subtle vanilla. It’s great for mixed drinks or as a holiday gift.
Here are some ways to incorporate the scotch whisky in some tasty drinks:
Warm winter whisky cocktail (similar to a whisky hot toddy)
1.5 parts Dewar’s 12 warmed in a tea kettle with chamomile tea
1 part honey syrup and lemon juice
Lemon peel for garnish
Method: Serve in a mug or warm cocktail glass and garnish with lemon peel.
Highland Holiday Collins
1.5 parts Dewar’s 12
1 part St-Germain
.5 part lemon juice
1 part fever tree ginger beer
Lemon wheel and bee pollen for garnish
Method: Serve over ice in a Collins glass and garnish with lemon wheel and bee pollen.
50 ml Dewar’s 12- or 15-year-old
25 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
12 ml sugar syrup (2:1 ratio – sugar: water)
10 ml crème de mûre
Blackberry for garnish
Method: Add scotch, lemon juice, and syrup to the glass. Fill with crushed ice and stir/swizzle. Top with more crushed ice and drizzle crème demure on top. Garnish with a fresh blackberry.
Whiskey and Coconut
1 parts Dewar’s 12-Year
3 parts coconut water
Lime wedge for garnish
Method: Fill a highball glass with ice, add scotch and top with coconut water. Stir and garnish with lime.
Bobby Burns (named after famous Scottish poet Robert Burns)
2 parts Dewar’s 12-Year
1 part Martini & Rossi sweet vermouth
1 bar spoon of bénédictine
Orange peel for garnish
Method: Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and add ice. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange peel.