Scotch Whisky and Sherry go together like peas and carrots. Most Scotch Whisky lovers know of the long practice of maturing Whisky in casks once used for Sherry. This cocktail plays on that pairing albeit seriously ramping-up the Sherry component. To further play on the cask-aging theme we have added a bit of blackcurrant liqueur that suggests finishing a Whisky in Cabernet Sauvignon casks.
The resulting cocktail is vibrant and lush with just a hint of sweetness. Kilt not included.
(Feel free to experiment by using different styles of Whisky from light to robust or even peaty.
2 oz. Quality Scotch Whisky (Blended or Single Malt)
1 oz. Amontillado Sherry
1/2 oz. Black Currant Liqueur
1/4 oz. Orange Liqueur
The Argyle Elixir is refreshing enough to enjoy year-round but I really like it when the days are short and cold as it warms you to the bones.
Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice. Stir well for 20 seconds and then strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass.
If you are a huge fan of black currant you could eliminate the Orange Liqueur and increase the Black Currant Liqueur. If you desire a sweeter cocktail swap the Amontillado Sherry with Pedro Ximénez Sherry.
Source: Sean Ludford, BevX