Happy National Scotch Day!

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Just in case you need an excuse to drink Scotch: Today is National Scotch Day. So drink a dram to celebrate! Scotch is a polarizing whisky … most people either love it or hate it. I fall into the “love it” camp.

The strong character of this whisky often makes it a challenge to mix, but when it’s done right, a Scotch cocktail can really blow your mind. Here are a few to try:

The Dram Dirk

Created by Marcine Franckowiak at Highlands


1 ½ oz The Macallan 10 Year
½ oz fresh lemon juice
½ oz chipotle syrup
¾ oz Drambuie
Dash orange bitters


Shake, serve on the rocks, and garnish with an orange twist

The Orkney Chapel

Created at Death & Company


2 oz Highland Park 12 Year
¼ oz Lusteau Amontillado sherry
¼ oz sugar cane syrup
¼ oz Grand Mariner
½ oz dry vermouth


Stir and then strain into a coupe. Garnish with an orange peel.

Slàinte mhòr!

Recipes and images courtesy of The Macallan and Highland Park.

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