Whisky Cocktails Perfect For Your New Year Bash

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As we bid adieu to the old year and embrace the new, usher in elegance and grace through exquisite single-malt whisky cocktails. Celebrated for their purity and profound character, single malt whiskies bring a touch of luxury to festivities. Explore a selection of cocktails that promise to elevate your New Year bash with their rich and nuanced flavours. 

GOLDEN ELEGANCE MANHATTAN: Start the countdown to midnight with a glass of Golden Elegance Manhattan in hand. In a mixing glass, add 59 ml of your favourite single malt whisky, with 14 ml of sweet vermouth and 2 dashes of aromatic bitters. Stir the mixture gently with ice. Strain the concoction in a chilled martini glass and garnish with a luscious maraschino cherry. There’s no better way to ring in the new year than with this cocktail.

SPARKLING HIGHLAND FIZZ: Toast to the new year with a light and vivacious Sparkling Highland Fizz that showcases the versatility of single malt whisky. In a flute glass, add 59 ml single malt whisky, 29 ml elderflower liqueur and a dash of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Finally, top it off with chilled sparkling wine and garnish with a twist of lemon zest.

PEATY CITRUS SOUR: This velvety, citrus-infused cocktail with a peaty kick is the best way to appreciate the bold and smoky notes of a good single malt whisky. In a cocktail shaker, combine 59 ml single malt, 22 ml freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, 14 ml egg whites, and 14 ml sweet syrup, shaking it vigorously with ice. Strain and serve the drink in a rock glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist for an appealing presentation. 

MIDNIGHT MOCHA OLD FASHIONED: Marry the richness of single malt whisky with the indulgence of chocolate in this flavourful delight. In a glass, muddle 1 sugar cube with a few specks of chocolate bitters. Then add 31 ml single malt and stir well to dissolve the sugar. Top off the concoction with ice cubes and a garnish of 2 orange twists.

RUSTY NAIL: The robust flavour of this cocktail makes it a must-have for a New Year’s bash. The drink harmonises the sweetness of Drambuie and the smokiness of whisky to create an elegant drink that can be whipped up in an instant. Take 45 ml Scotch whisky and 30 ml Drambuie in a glass filled with ice cubes. Using a stirrer, stir the drink gently. Garnish with 2 lemon twists and enjoy the drink.

BLOOD AND SAND: With an intriguing name like that, can you resist sipping on this delectable cocktail? In a cocktail shaker, add 30 ml Scotch, 30 ml sweet vermouth, 30 ml orange juice and 30 ml cherry liqueur. Add ice cubes and shake well. Pour the mix into a cocktail glass and serve the drink with a garnish of an orange peel twist.

ROB ROY COCKTAIL: Inspired by an operetta of the same name in the late 1800s, the cocktail is made up of 59 ml Scotch, 22 ml sweet vermouth and 3 dashes of Angostura bitters. To make the drink, mix the three ingredients in a chill filled with ice and stir till the mixture is chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve with a garnish of speared brandied cherries. 

To complement the sophistication of these single-malt whisky cocktails, consider pairing them with flavourful appetisers. Delicate smoked salmon, artisanal cheeses, and dark chocolate truffles make for great pairings, enhancing the overall tasting experience.

As the clock strikes midnight and you raise your glass to toast the arrival of the New Year, let these carefully crafted whisky cocktails be the centrepiece of moments that will linger in your memory. Share the joy with friends and loved ones, revelling in the rich array of flavours that single malt whiskies bring to each sip

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