Sunday, December 13, 2015

Blackwatch / Mint Sunrise

The Blackwatch is the black-clad ancient military order that serves as a sort of border guard for the country. They've been involved in almost every conflict that Scotland has faced for centuries. This drink is a good dedication to their efforts with a single highland malt from the Black Isle (a peninsula in the Morry Firth of northern Scotland. Dalmore is rich in orange/ marmalade flavors from sherry cask maturation. Catoctin Creek 1757 brandy is also a rich American brandy that is aged in French wine barrels. Together they make an unstoppable rocks sipper that is only garnished with mint and lemon as scent accents.

The Mint Sunrise is the exact same recipe, and I imagine it comes from the image of a round lemon slice rising above the glass. Still, it is much more of a Scottish drink than something consumed by Aerosmith at some roadhouse (i.e. Tequila Sunrise).
  • 1 1/2 oz. scotch (Dalmore 12 used)
  • 1/2 oz. brandy (Catoctin Creek 1757 used)
  • 1/2 oz. curacao
  • lemon slice
  • mint sprig
Combine liquid ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into an Old Fashioned glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon slice and mint sprig.

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