Wintry weather calls for whisky drinks – and these are five of the best

We’re heading into cooler months, and — at the time of writing at least — it feels like we’re on the road out of the coronavirus shutdown.

Whatever the reason, you can be forgiven for wanting a healthy measure of whisky, no matter whether you spell it with an ‘e’ or not.

To aid you in this most worthy of quests, we’ve assembled five efficient whisky delivery mechanisms.

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  1. Garnish with a twist or a cherry.
  2. Stir down over ice for around 45 seconds (Dave Wondrich recommends 50 revolutions or so).
  3. Strain into a chilled coupe, garnish with a lemon twist or a cherry.
Affinity Cocktail
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Affinity Cocktail

  1. Stir down all ingredients with cracked ice, and serve up in a chilled coupette.
  2. Garnish with a lemon peel.

Adapted from Patrick Gavin Duffy’s Official Mixer’s Manual, 1934.

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  1. Stir down all ingredients with ice, then strain over good block ice in an old fashioned glass (or serve it up — as we have here — and train into a chilled cocktail glass).

The Boulevardier appears in Harry MacElhone’s 1927 book, Barflies & Cocktails. It was equal parts bourbon, sweet vermouth, and Campari, and so named for a socialite American who frequented the bar and owned a magazine called The Boulevardier (or so the story goes). That naming habit — and the drink’s formula — was apparently a regular thing for MacElhone, who would later invent another riff on the drink called the Old Pal, using rye, dry vermouth, and Campari, and name it for a sports writer he referred to as his ‘old pal’.

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Look, all the drinks preceding this one? They’re great, classic cocktails the lot of them — drinks that have stood the test of time. But sometimes you just need a beer and a shot. You can give it a fancy name — a Boilermaker, say — and endow it with some proper history (the drink does back to the 1800s and those boilermakers who tended the boilers of locomotives), but let’s call it what it is: a beer and a shot in short order. If you need a recipe, we’re worried about you.

Blood & Sand
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Blood & Sand

  1. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.

Whisky Tasting Notes

Aberfeldy 12 Year Old
Full of bright orange citrus and rich honey notes, it’s aged in a variety of casks (both European and American oak) and offers complex honey, buttery sweetness, juicy sultanas and soft spice flavours. Bacardi-Martini

Glenmorangie Signet
Using a high-roasted ‘chocolate’ malt in the mash, this whisky is rich and dark gold in colour, full on the palate with flavours of cinnamon, ginger, oranges and bitter mocha. Moet Hennessy

Russell’s Reserve 10 Years Old
This Kentucky Straight Bourbon is aged for a minimum of 10 years and is bottled at 45% — classic, rich and proper bourbon to be enjoyed. Campari Australia

Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
From the family-owned Lux Row Distilleries in Bardstown, Kentucky, this 95% rye is made in Indiana using the original recipe from 1849 by Stitzel-Weller, by John Rempie, Head Distiller & Master Blender. Proof & Company

Monkey Shoulder
This is a blended malt whisky of three Speyside single malts. There’s zesty orange and vanilla aromas, a hint of spice on the palate, and a smooth finish to cap it all off. William Grant & Sons

Bushmills 10 Year Old Single Malt Whiskey
Bushmills 10 Year Old Single Malt Whiskey is triple distilled from 100% malted barley and matured for at least 10 years in bourbon season barrels which give it its honey, vanilla and milk chocolate aroma. Proximo Australia

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Straight Rye
This rye from the famous Tennessee distillery is a typically spicy rye — thanks to its 70 percent rye mashbill — but is also one that has been mellowed by the Jack Daniel’s charcoal filtration process. Brown-Forman

Buffalo Trace
Buffalo Trace offers a complex aroma, with notes of brown sugar and spice that give way to oak, toffee, dark fruit and anise, finishing long and smooth. Southtrade

Maker’s Mark
Wood and oak, along with vanilla, caramel and wheat characters on the nose; the palate is balanced, with some sweetness countered with caramel, vanilla and fruit notes. The finish is smooth and subtle. CCA

Roe & Co
This Irish whiskey — developed with the help of bartenders — is made from the finest hand-selected stocks of Irish malt and grain whiskies and aged in bourbon casks. Diageo


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