Wednesday 16 July 2014

Scotch and Ginger Beer Cocktail

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You know what's awesome about summer time? It seems to come with a built in excuse to soak up the warm rays (will full factor SPF of course!) and experiment with boozy drinks. Is that included in your definition of summer? Because if it's not, it totally should be. 

A simple Scotch on the rocks is one of my favourite drinks, it's easy, the flavours are rich, and it forces me to sip slowly so I don't turn into one of those weird booze guzzlers (which is precisely what happens when I drink fruity-boozy things that taste like juice … oh boy). However, a drink like that has a time and a place, and rereading the Harry Potter series for the 10th time super intellectual summer blockbuster is not it. So it was time to mix it up. 

This cocktail was whipped up in about 30 seconds flat and has a real juxtaposition of flavours. The scotch gives it a rich, deep flavour, but the ginger beer balances it out and makes it zippy and fun - which basically means you can serve this to anyone and everyone (of legal drinking age… I'm not promoting any wrong doing here). 

While we're here, let's talk about Ginger Beer for a second. Have you tried it? Do you know what it is? I'm discovering the many from North American are not privy to the delight that is this spicy/lively non-alcoholic beverage. Think of it as a less sweet, more gingery Ginger Ale and you're just about there. It's can pack a bit of a punch, so if this is your first time trying it, sip small at first but guaranteed you'll be back again and again!

Served over ice and with a twist of lime if you have it this would be the perfect drink to accompany some lime roasted cashews or a snack of sweet potato fries. yum!

Keep reading for the recipe!

Scotch and Ginger Beer Cocktail
Recipe is per drink

1 - 1.5 ounces of Scotch (about 1 shot/jigger)
Just under 1 cup of Ginger Beer
4-5 ice cubes

  1. Mix all of the above in a tumbler glass
  2. Enjoy!
  • Any Scotch will do, but I used a 12 year old Highland Park that was excellent!
  • If you're making this in the U.S.A. or Canada, Ginger Beer is not always the easiest to find.  But most grocery stores and specialty stores will carry it - hint: it usually comes in a brown glass bottle much like a regular beer


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  3. The hell with wasting single malt on this drink,I just used some blended Scotch and Crabbies Ginger Beer and boy what a drink it turned out to be.
    I don't mix Scotch with anything usually but blended in this Ginger beer just might be my new fave drink.



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