Recommended liquor: So that you can start mixing your cocktails as soon as your box arrives, why not go get your bottle of single malt unpeated or lightly peated Scotch now? Each of this month's featured bartenders has a recommendation for you! Any of them will work well for all three recipes found in this box, depending on your preference:
Caer Maiko Ferguson recommends Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie Scottish Barley, an unpeated Islay Scotch that still has a mild peatiness due to the terroir and water of Islay. It brings a lot to play with in cocktails but doesn’t compete for dominance with the rest of the flavors. Plus it's one of the least expensive Islay Scotches she’s found and is more approachable than most. Caer says, “The Bruichladdich distillery was absolutely one of my favorite places I’ve ever been. Sipping on Classic Laddie isn’t just delicious, it’s also an amazing representation of the land it’s made on, so much so that telling you to drink it is as close as I can get to bringing you there.”
Robert Sickler suggests Glenmorangie Lasanta, what he calls “a brilliant expression of Highland Scotch whisky,” with rich toffee and spice undertones that appeal to a broad spectrum of palates. It’s also available throughout most of the country and so should offer wide access.
Aaron DeFeo opts for Aberfeldy 12 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky, a fruity, clean, and polished malt with a touch of honey and spice. He says its fresh apple and pear notes will meld beautifully with the cocktails in this box.
Recommended amount: To make all 12 drinks, you'll need 22 oz of Scotch; a medium (750 ml) bottle will be your best bet.
Recommended barware: A few different jiggers that measure 1/4, 1/2, 1 1/2 and 2 oz, as well as a strainer, bar spoon, mixing glass, and large-format ice molds. These are not all strictly necessary, but will improve your mixology experience.
Recommended glassware: A rocks glass; a shorter, wide-mouth highball glass; and a double rocks glass.
Recommended ice: To make all 12 cocktails in one go, you'll need about 6 pounds of ice (6 ice trays’ worth).