This post is sponsored by The Glenlivet but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
I’ve always been a vodka, soda, a splash of cranberry kind-of-guy. It wasn’t until I attended a whiskey tasting – back in 2014, with none other than American designer and entrepreneur Marc Ecko that I encountered my affinity for the spirit.
That night my mind was blown away. Because honestly, I didn’t know that whiskey, scotch and bourbon were in the same category, yet have significant differences. Also, the way the whiskey sommelier and Marc were talking about it, made me want to learn more.
Like most people, I identified whiskey as “manly spirit,” but when I learned about the process of how whiskey it’s made, I realized that’s far from the truth. Sure, a lot of whiskeys have a woody flavor. However, depending on the cask of where they’re mature, you can get some smooth, silky, fruity flavors. For example, The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve is matured in a traditional oak cask, allowing for a creamy, sweet and zesty fruity flavor.
Besides, when you look at the variety of cocktails mixed with whiskey, most of them are made with ingredients gay guys love: cherries, lime juice, mint, even coffee. The Manhattan and Old Fashioned are classics and perfect for those whiskey drinker beginners.
If you’re looking to dive deep into the world of whiskey, you should try The Glenlivet Rob Roy. It’s essentially a Manhattan but made with Scotch whiskey instead of Canadian rye or bourbon. This whiskey staple was created in 1894 at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan, New York City. I mean, how glamorous is that?Just like the Manhattan, this cocktail can be made “sweet,” “dry,” or “perfect.” The typical Rob Roy is the sweet version, made with sweet vermouth. A “dry” Rob Roy is made by replacing the sweet vermouth with dry vermouth. A “perfect” Rob Roy is made with equal parts sweet and dry vermouth.
The Glenlivet Rob Roy is the sweet version, and the recipe is so easy to follow. Here’s what you need:
30 ml Carpano Antica Formula
2 dashes Scrappy’s Seville Orange Bitters
2 dashes Scrappy’s Aromatic Bitters
Combine all ingredients in a shaker, and pour over your glass – usually a martini glass. I decided to use a short cocktail glass for a modern twist. Garnish with two or three maraschino cherries “y listo” you just made The Glenlivet Rob Roy.
Now that you know how versatile whiskey is, will you give The Glenlivet a try? Sound off and show me your cocktail recipes in the comments.
Photos Jonas Park
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