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To Have on Hand for Summer Scotch 2

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 recommendations for you! Any of them will work well for all three recipes found in this box, depending on your preference.

J’Nai Williams raves about Glenmorangie X for its warmth and character, which lends itself perfectly to any cocktail: “X has such well-rounded characteristics that are easily recognizable to beginner Scotch drinkers and developing palates. It doesn’t give off too much heat or burn your nose, and the warm sensation of tasting the whisky is accompanied by chestnut and orange flavors, which gives extra character to anything it’s mixed with. The malty, almost ‘tea-like’ scent and taste is indicative of the malted barley and meshes well with other flavors in cocktails, especially citrus.” 

When building her cocktail, Ana Cabrera Marquez looked for “a Scotch that was not peat or smoke forward. I wanted something just enough to let the drink sing.” Speyburn 10 Year Old is a Spey River–distilled 10 year old Scotch that rests in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry American oak barrels that add sweet, fresh fruit notes and hints of toffee and smooth out the heat and smoke, leaving you with a clean finish.

“Hailing from the Orkney Islands, Highland Park 12 Year Old Viking Honour is one of the northernmost Scotches available. The unique location of the distillery gives this Scotch a flavor of smoky honey and slight salinity,” says Steva Casey. It is aged mostly in sherry seasoned casks, which lends a dried-fruit characteristic that pairs really well in a cocktail. 

If you prefer to order your bottles online, our friends at Curiada have made the Glenmorangie X, Speyburn 10 Year Old, and Highland Park 12 Year Old available in their Shaker & Spoon Collection for your convenience! 

Recommended amount: To make all 12 drinks, you'll need 19 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, and 2 oz, as well as a strainer, bar spoon, mixing glass, and shaker.  Additionally, if your fridge doesn't have a crushed ice option and you can't get pebble ice at the store, you'll need to make your own and can use either a Lewis bag and wooden mallet or a Ziploc freezer bag and another blunt kitchen object, such as a pestle. These are not all strictly necessary, but will improve your mixology experience.

Recommended glassware: A collins glass and a rocks glass.

Recommended ice: To make all 12 cocktails in one go, you'll need about 5 pounds of ice (5 ice trays’ worth).

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