When it’s time to get social, I love me a drink. I’m not a big drinker and I don’t do it often but I certainly do enjoy one or two when I catch up with family or friends.
When it comes to spirits I’m on the clear side of the fence, generally going for gin or vodka.
Truth be told, I have too many youthful drunken memories of dark spirits (even today a whiff of OP rum or black sambuca makes me gag) so now that I’m a bit older and wiser, I play it safe with drinks that don’t make me want to hurl.
Last month I went to a Nuffnang event and met a very entertaining and colourful character – Mitchel Bushell – the brand ambassador for Monkey Shoulder triple malt whiskey. Throughout the event Mitchel made Rob Roy spritzers, a cocktail I’d never tried, or even considered ordering before.
Monkey Shoulder is 100% malt scotch whiskey, made and bottled in Scotland, hence the tartan backdrop. Boom, see what I did there!
I had always thought whiskey to be harsh and tough to drink, especially for a dark spirit lightweight like myself. I was surprised at how light and smooth it was and even better that it didn’t invoke any ye olde memories of cheap drunkenness. BONUS.
What I liked about the spritzer was the light fizz of the ginger ale and the citrus burst of the orange wedge – it had quite a summery feel to it. With a few complimentary bottles to take away, I decided to give the cocktails a try at home and test them out at a family catch up.
The result: THUMBS UP ALL ROUND.
Once you’ve got all the ingredients these are a cinch to make – no fancy cocktail shaking or bottle throwing required. New favourite summertime drink? Perhaps. This recipe is for one generous serve and I admit that we didn’t stop at just one…
- 60ml Monkey Shoulder whiskey
- 30ml sweet vermouth
- Dash of bitters
- Dry ginger ale
- Orange wedges
- Ice cubes
- To a large glass add ice cubes and orange wedge.
- Pour in the whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters.
- Top with ginger ale, stir and serve.
vegeTARAian was gifted samplers of Monkey Shoulder for editorial consideration.
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