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Is the curfew putting you off going out? Why not stay in and make your own cocktails

The latest restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic may mean you might have to cut your night short. However, we all love having friends (no more than 5) round and having a little cocktail night every now and then, and now more than ever this may be people’s choice instead of a night out.

Here are some recipes for some brilliant cocktails courtesy of Pure Scot Whisky.

In 2015 when David Prior took over Bladnoch Distillery – he partnered with renowned whisky guru Charles Maclean to create the Pure Scot blend alongside their passionate team. They use their unique Bladnoch Single Malt and combine it with Whisky from Speyside, the Highlands and Islay to bring Pure Scot to life with a crisp, smooth and contemporary taste. The spirit itself is very earthy and is easily washed down over ice. However, Pure Scot is also the perfect base for any Whisky cocktail.

The Venturer
45ml Pure Scot
15ml Apricot Brandy
Barspoon Maraschino liqueur
20ml Fresh lemon juice
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Egg white

Method: Dry shake, shake with ice, strain over block ice in an Old Fashioned glass and garnish with an orange peel and a cherry.

The Vanguard
50ml Pure Scot
10ml Honey syrup (1:1)
10ml Fino Sherry
10ml Fresh lemon juice
Top with ginger beer

Method: Build in a Collins glass with ice and swizzle, top with ginger beer and garnish with fresh lemon wheels and a sprig of rosemary.

The Contender
50ml Pure Scot Virgin Oak
20ml Orange syrup
7.5ml Fino Sherry
10ml Amaro Montenegro
1 dash of orange bitters

Method: Stir down in a mixing glass, strain into a Nick & Nora glass anf garnish with lemon peel and thyme.

The Entertainer
50ml Pure Scot Virgin Oak
10ml Orgeat
15ml Grapefruit juice
10ml Fresh lemon juice

Shake and double strain into a champagne flute, top with a splash of soda and garnish with a grapefruit peel.

Wanting to make a little more? Here are some of Wine & Dine Yorkshire’s recommendations that you must try.

Quick Brown Fox
A premium coffee liqueur from New Zealand, the handcrafted liqueur is low in sugar and ABV, and has no artificial flavours as they believe that artificial ingredients compromise the level and quality of flavour achieved. The coffee beans are specifically selected and specially roasted by hand to slightly darker than espresso, this helps bring the unique and complex flavour profile. It’s a decadent and stunning product, really tasty on the rocks, in an Espresso Martini or in a “Foxy Old Fashioned”. We tried the liqueur with some vanilla vodka and it was delicious. The coffee taste was the perfect amount and soothed our throat, making us want more!

MAC. By Brookie’s
Cape Byron Distillery, the makers of internationally awarded Brookie’s Byron Gin, have released their latest creation Mac. By Brookie’s, a premium roasted macadamia nut liqueur. A versatile little nutter made from locally sourced roasted macadamia nuts and toasted native Australian wattleseed. This gin is definitely one to be tried, the unique taste is so different to what we are used to when we drink gin!

For more information on Pure Scot, please visit www.purescot.com

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