Last month’s Bon Appetit came with a little present for me—no, not a subscription card to Gourmet; that came with the magazine’s final November issue, to add insult to injury.
Instead, inside was a cocktail recipe composed of my favorite components.
Scotch, lemon juice, and elderflower liqueur combined to make something called the Highland’s Fall, and it was so enticing, it only took me six weeks to mix it up. (I have a bit of a recipe backlog going on.)
Surprisingly, I found the mix too harshly citric—and this coming from me, the most devout of the lemon lovers—but happily, I was simultaneously drinking a ginger beer while self-bartending.
So I cut the twang with a little of my beloved carbonated beverage.
The warmth of the ginger softened the citrus tones while blending with the smoky undertones of the Scotch and the delicacy of the elderflower.
This Scotch ginger cocktail is definitely not as mannish as having a finger of whisky while you hunch over the bar and mumble about the underrated genius of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, but it’s still quite appropriate for a pre-dinner toast by a roaring fireplace.
I’m renaming it the Glasgow Ginger in honor of its new ingredients.
A wee tipple can help ease the pain of huffing up a steep hill after a day of sightseeing.
In fact, it’s so effective that when I visited my sister, who studied in Glasgow, we started referring to our nightly cocktails as “the Scotch scooter” for making the long walk back to her apartment feel incredibly short and speedy.
Whether you take your Scotch ginger for a stroll outside to the backyard fire pit or just stroll to your couch, the warming effect will be the same. Cheers!
- 2 drops of your finest Islay single malt (I am a Lagavulin/Laphroaig girl myself)
- 1/2 cup blended Scotch
- 1 lemon, juiced (about 2 tablespoons)
- 3 tablespoons St. Germain elderflower liqueur
- 1 12-ounce bottle ginger beer, chilled
- Pour just a drop of the smoky Islay Scotch into each of two cool retro coupe glasses and swirl it around to "rinse" the glasses. Set aside.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with 5 or 6 ice cubes and add the blended Scotch, lemon juice, and St. Germain.
- Shake for 30 seconds.
- Pour into the prepared glasses and top each coupe off with ginger beer.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 265Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 0gSugar: 34gProtein: 1g
The nutritional information above is computer-generated and only an estimate.
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