Sip Your Way Through Winter With These Smooth and Smoky Cocktails
Dry January: the ultimate antidote to the busy—and boozy—holiday season. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran of the challenge or wrapping up your first attempt to ditch the drinks, let us be the first to say congratulations. But rather than simply rushing back to the wine aisle at Ralph’s or cracking open a case of your favorite light beer come Feb. 1, we enlisted the help of Glenfiddich ambassador David Allardice, a 10-year veteran of the whisky industry, to give us a few new ways to celebrate this February. Whether you are a long-time fan of the beverage or simply looking for a great introduction, read on to discover six whiskys and whisky cocktails to enjoy in 2022. Best Whisky Cocktails
1 | The Classic Highball
Featured Whiskey: Glenfiddich 12 Year Old
2 oz Glenfiddich 12 Year Old whiskey
4-6 oz of club soda or ginger ale
When it comes to whiskey, it is tough to beat a classic, so starting an evening affair with a simple whiskey highball featuring Glenfiddich’s award winning 12-year single malt scotch whiskey is a great way to elevate your tastes without venturing too far into the deep end. As Allardice notes, “The key to the highball is all about finding the right whiskey, and the classic 12 always works. The highball does a great job of taking that strong complex flavor profile and stretching it,” making it the perfect drink for those looking to dabble.1/2
2 | The Old Fashioned
Featured Whiskey: Glenfiddich Bourbon Barrel Reserve 14 Year Old
1 ½ oz of Glenfiddich Bourbon Barrel Reserve 14 Year Old whiskey
1 sugar cube (or simple syrup)
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Moving from one classic to the next, the old fashioned is the ultimate whiskey cocktail. Simple, sweet, smoky and savory, this cocktail has been around since the 1800s—and for good reason. While typically poured with bourbon rather than scotch, Glenfiddich has crafted a special 14-year-old batch, “using bourbon barrels to age and influence the whiskey,” according to Allardice, making it the perfect substitute in this delicious drink.
3 | The 21-Year-Old Daiquiri
Featured Whiskey: Glenfiddich 21 Year Gran Reserva
2 oz Glenfiddich 21 Year Gran Reserva
3/4 oz lime juice
3/4 oz simple syrup
For the adventurous advocate, the 21-year old daiquiri is one of the best, most unique cocktails behind the bar. While typically made with rum, the Glenfiddich 21 Year Gran Reserva is the ultimate way to elevate the traditional daiquiri to new heights. “Finished in old Caribbean rum casks, the 21-year-old daiquiri is my go-to cocktail whenever I’m feeling boujee,” says Allardice. “It always surprises me.”
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For our last three drinks, we enlisted Allardice’s help in tracking down the three very best whiskeys that Glenfiddich has to offer, inviting rookies and connoisseurs alike to break their dry January fast in the most classy, sophisticated way possible. And there is no better place to start than the Glenfiddich 15 Year Old. “This is the whiskey that got me into whiskey,” says Allardice. With notes of classic Spanish flavors and hints of sherry and ginger, this whiskey has been pleasing palates ever since it hit the shelves.
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Hailed as the Cadillac of the Glenfiddich family, the 23-year Grand Cru is the perfect upscale addition to any home bar. Whether you are a collector or someone simply looking for a taste of the upper echelon, this whiskey is sure to impress. “Made with fine French wines in mind, the Grand Cru is finished in rare French oak barrels, making it the perfect bottle to pop on a special occasion,” Allardice explains.
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Arguably Glenfiddich’s magnum opus, the Grande Couronne is the ideal bottle to add to any collection. “Aged for 24 years in American oak and sherry casks and then finished for two years in French cognac barrels,” Allardice says the Grande Couronne has layers of brown sugar and a hint of rich spice, giving it a depth of character perfectly suited for any elevated occasion.