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National Scotch Day is Tomorrow!


July 26, 2016 – July 27 is National Scotch Day not to be confused with World Whisky Day, which is celebrated each year on the third Saturday in May, or International Whisk(e)y Day that is held on March 27 each year.

July 27 falls on a Wednesday this year which is unfortunate, especially if you have to make a presentation on Thursday, but you can be forgiven if you pour a dram – a wee dram as the Scots are fond of saying – to celebrate an ancient industry.  You could even say you are doing your bit to help British exports in view of their impending exit from the European Union.  According to Drinks Business, in 2015, the value of Scotch whisky exports reached £3.86 billion, representing a decline of 2.4% from £3.95bn in 2014.  Mind you, the decline was less than in the past but what will happen after Brexit?

The Macallan 10 yrsOur friends at The Macallan sent along a few recipes to help you celebrate.  We’ll admit to being reluctant to use an expensive single malt in a cocktail and will probably stick to our usual Scotch on the rocks, even if using ice offends the purists.  But the recipes for “Blood and Sand” and “Bobby Burns” do look awfully good so we may be tempted.  As a mixologist will tell you, the better the ingredients, the better the drink.

As the Scots say Slainte Mhor!  or good health.

Blood and Sand

3/4 oz The Macallan 10 Year Old Fine Oak
3/4 oz Blood orange juice
3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
3/4 oz Cherry Heering

Method: Combine all ingredients in a Collins glass, add another splash of orange juice then flame the zest over it. Serve straight up, without ice and garnish with a maraschino cherry and flamed orange zest in a Collins or cocktail glass


Scotch & Soda

2 oz The Macallan 10 Year Old Fine Oak
Club soda

Method: Garnish with an orange twist and serve in a highball or rocks glass


Bobby Burns

2 oz The Macallan 10 Year Old Fine Oak
3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
1/2 oz Benedictine

Method: Stir ingredients in a mixing glass with ice; strain into a glass and serve in a martini glass.