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Five Glen Moray Old Fashioned Recipes For Old Fashioned Week


1st November 2019
In the spirit of Old Fashioned Week, which celebrates the classic whisky cocktail, here are five Glen Moray Old Fashioned cocktail recipes created by Neil Ridley and Joel Harrison of World’s Best Spirits plus a couple of recipes of my own.

Five Glen Moray Old Fashioned Recipes For Old Fashioned Week

With Old Fashioned week kicking off today 1st November and running through until 10th November I thought I would share with you five new innovative Old Fashioned cocktail recipes which each use different expressions of Glen Moray single malt whisky at its base which have been created by drinks writers Neil Ridley and Joel Harrison, from World’s Best Spirits.

Using the whiskies from the Glen Moray Elgin Classic Collection and the recently released Glen Moray Fired Oak 10 Year Old Single Malt, Neil and Joel have created five new innovative twists on the classic Old Fashioned Cocktail recipe.

Neil Ridley and Joel Harrison of World’s Best Spirits say: "We are firm believers that Scotch, especially single malt, should be explored in as many diverse serves as possible and the Old Fashioned is a wonderfully flavoursome vehicle to experience the huge variety of flavours on offer: from lighter, fruity and vanilla notes, through to big, rich, bold and spicy ones. The Glen Moray range works really well to illustrate this."

Another key ingredient to an Old Fashioned are bitters, so to further enhance and elevate an Old Fashioned, or any other whisky cocktail, the Glen Moray team has created their own unique Glen Moray Bitters. The aromas and flavours of the Glen Moray Bitters are from the maceration and distillation of rosemary and pepper with natural quinquina, dry gentian, absinthe, angelica and whisky. Although Glen Moray Bitters cannot currently be purchased, they are available to bar tenders and will be showcased at masterclasses and consumer shows around the world.

Glen Moray Fired Oak, Glen Moray Bitters and the world famous Griottines Cherries, which are part of the La Martiniquaise-Bardinet company which owns Glen Moray Distillery.

The world famous Griottines Cherries, which are part of the La Martiniquaise-Bardinet company which owns Glen Moray Distillery, are also launching in the UK this October. Not only is a cherry an essential addition to a classic Old Fashioned cocktail, but Griottines Cherries are held in the highest regard by bartenders and mixologists the world over.

Here are Neil and Joel's five new Glen Moray Old Fashioned Cocktails for 2020:

1. Glen Moray Sherry Cask Finish: Marmalade Old Fashioned

Ingredients: 50ml Glen Moray Sherry Cask Finish, 1 heaped tsp of marmalade, 3 dashes of Aztec chocolate bitters (Fee Brothers), Ice

Method: In an Old Fashioned glass, add the marmalade and whisky and stir down. Add a couple of cubes of ice and pour over the whisky. Stir down again before adding the bitters. Add more ice and stir. Once the drink is balanced, garnish with candied orange

2. Glen Moray Elgin Classic: Play It Again, Sam

Ingredients: 50ml Glen Moray Elgin Classic, 1 tsp of golden caster sugar, 2 tsp water, 2 tsp rose water, 1 dash cardamom bitters (Bob’s bitters), Ice

Method: In an Old Fashioned glass, mix the sugar and water by stirring with a bar spoon, slowly adding ice. Then add the rose water and keep stirring. Add more ice, and the whisky followed by the dash of bitters until smooth. Add more cubed ice. Garnish with a rose petal.

3. Glen Moray Port Cask Finish: The Pink Old Fashioned

Ingredients:50ml Glen Moray Port Cask Finish, 1 tsp of golden caster sugar, 2 tsp of water, 2 dashes cherry bitters (Fee Brothers), Ice

Method: In an Old Fashioned glass, add the sugar and water with a cube of ice and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add the whisky and stir down with another cube of ice. Then add the bitters and another cube of ice, while stirring down. Keep adding ice and stirring until the drink is well balanced and not too diluted. Garnish with a fresh cherry. Option to lengthen with sparking water for an ‘Old Fashioned Spritz’.

4. Glen Moray Fired Oak: Southern Old Fashioned

Ingredients: 50ml Glen Moray Fired Oak,1 tsp Maple Syrup, 2 dashes habanero shrub (Bittermens Hellfire habanero shrub), Ice

Method: Add the maple syrup and the whisky into an Old Fashioned glass and stir a few times to mix together. Then fill with three ice cubes and add 2 dashes of the habanero shrub. Keep adding ice, stirring and tasting until perfectly balanced and garnish with a green chili pepper cut down the middle. Optional: rim the glass with chili salt.

5. Glen Moray Peated Single Malt: Smoke and Mirrors

Ingredients: 50ml Glen Moray Peated Single Malt, 1 tsp dark brown soft sugar, 2 tsp water, 2 dashes black walnut bitters (Fee Brothers), Ice

Method: In an Old Fashioned glass, add the sugar and water and mix. Add a cube of ice and continue to mix. Add the bitters, more ice and mix. Finally, once the drink is the right mix of flavours, garnish with a sprig of pine.

If you you are feeling really daring you could even try a couple of my own Glen Moray Old Fashioned recipes which I created recently while attending a Glen Moray Old Fashioned Old Masterclass hosted by Neil and Joel, they are:

Glen Moray Peated and Fired Oak Old Fashioned Cocktails by William Morrison

William Morrison's Glen Moray Fired Oak Old Fashioned:

1 tsp of Demerara sugar
2 tsp water
Add to glass with 3 cubes of ice and stir until the sugar has dissolved
Add 50ml of Glen Moray Fired Oak 10 Year Old and another ice cube, stir.
Add another ice cube and 2 dashes of Angostura bitters, stir again.
Garnish with some lemon peel.


William Morrison's Glen Moray Peated Old Fashioned:

1 tsp Maple syrup
Add 50ml of Glen Moray Peated and stir.
Add to 3 cubes of ice, stir
Add  2 dashes of orange bitters, stir
Add another 2 ice cubes, stir
Garnish with some lemon & orange peel.

If you fancy trying your hand at recreating any of the Glen Moray Old Fashioned recipes above or indeed creating your own you will find the current Glen Moray whisky range as well as a good selection of bitters and syrups available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt
 

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