Cocktails

Summer Sippers

The Bramble team show that Scotch whisky isn’t restricted to cold-weather drinks
By Christopher Coates
The Gauntlet, Cask 27, Ossian
The Gauntlet, Cask 27, Ossian
I often hear it said that Scotch is a ‘winter drink’, great for warding off the chill of the Scottish climate, and the same seems to be said of cocktails made with Scotch whisky. The team at Bramble have mixed up three refreshing summer sippers with Scotch whisky. Two of them even use heavily sherried GlenDronach, which would certainly usually fall into the ‘after-dinner dram’ category.

Cask 27 is a refreshing straight-up take on a whisky sour. It keeps the whisky as the heart of the drink to showcase the single-cask GlenDronach’s rich fruits and spicy finish.

The Gauntlet was made to challenge the perception that all stirred whisky cocktails are heavy sippers. Combining caraway from the kummel syrup, fennel and cucumber accentuates the fresher more vibrant flavours.

Ossian is a simple take on a whisky and ginger ale, but the bitter-sweet Amaro lends greater depth and mouthfeel, while the bitters add a spiced citrus note. Why not try these at home and let us know what you think.

THE BARTENDERS

Claudio Poggi

Claudio joined the Bramble team in November 2016 and has been mixing up cocktails with the aplomb of a true maestro ever since. His passion for fine ingredients has seen him use Amari and fortified wines to great effect.

Michael Lynch

Before taking on the role as Bramble’s bar manager, Mike worked on the opening of various new bars and restaurants for independent owners in Edinburgh. This included the creation of cocktail menus and wine lists for the capital’s prestigious Devil’s Advocate bar and Chop House venues.

Magnus Nicoll

A new member of the Bramble team, Magnus worked in various bars in Edinburgh but is now focussing on cocktail-making and learning from the best.

THE WHISKIES

GlenDronach

Original 12 Years Old (43% ABV)
A great example of the sweet, sherried style for which GlenDronach has become famous. Expect a creamy mouthfeel boasting notes of raising, clove, cinnamon, liquorice and ginger. A slight nuttiness is present here along with light wood spice for the medium-dry finish.

GlenDronach

2004 Single Cask (55.9% ABV)
Released as part of a collaboration between Bramble and Royal Mile Whiskies, this spirit was matured for 12 years in a Pedro Ximenez sherry puncheon and was bottled without chill filtration, at natural strength, and with no artificial colour.

BenRiach

10 Years Old (43% ABV)
Producing mostly using spirit distilled during Billy Walker’s tenure as owner of the distillery, this expression is made up of whisky matured in both ex-Bourbon and ex-sherry casks. Expect a bright and fresh dram with notes of lemon zest, green apple, and sweet peach.

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