Decking the Halls with Glen Moray
Happy holidays folks! It’s our favorite time of year again, which means it’s time to share with you a few boozy gifts! Each year we create three festive concoctions that are perfect to serve at your holiday party or family get-together, and are bound to have the whole clan stirring. Even more exciting yet, this year for our festive cocktail spread, we’ve teamed up with Glen Moray Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky to bring you a little something extra special this year.
A little bit about Glen Moray:
Glen Moray’s single malt whisky has been distilled for 121 years just outside of Elgin — one of Scotland’s oldest towns — on the banks of the River Lossie. Since 1897, the distillery has known only 5 distillery managers, and to ensure consistency of flavor and quality throughout its lifetime, secrets of the trade have been passed down honorably through the generations. Glen Moray’s distillers are devoted to the process of patience and care that makes their Scotch Whisky stand out among its competitors.
We played with several different expressions from Glen Moray Single Malt’s Signature Elgin Collection, and created these three very different, very festive holiday treats. Shall we dive in?
Merging one of the most affective pick-me-ups to date and Glen Moray’s Peated Single Malt Scotch, we created a smoky, spicy, and downright uplifting take on a Hot Toddy. Just add your hot water and clove honey to your vessel of choice (obviously something heat safe), add your fresh squeezed lemon juice, Applejack, and Scotch, then garnish with apple slices, cinnamon, whole star anise and clove. We chose to include all of our spices in a makeshift spice satchel to steep in our cocktail.
How to construct your satchel:
Take a coffee filter and cut out the center, take your star anise and clove and wrap the coffee filter around them with the edges meeting in the middle at the top. Then take your cinnamon stick and some twine, tie the twine around the cinnamon stick with room left to tie on your bag, then wrap the twine around the edges closing the satchel, and Voilà!
What you’ll need to make your spice satchel:
Whole Star Anise
Next we utilized Glen Moray’s Port Cask Finish Single Malt Scotch in a bright and invigorating concoction. This particular expression is finished for eight months in Port pipes from Porto Cruz, the number one Porto company in the world, and conveys notes of tangy citrus and cinnamon. This was our first time playing with a shrub and we’re absolutely gaga over it. The good thing about shrub or “drinking vinegar” is that it can last up to 3-6 months if tightly sealed in your refrigerator. To create Yule Shoot Your Eye Out, add all ingredients except soda water to a shaker tin, add ice, shake, and strain over ice into a collins glass. Next, top with soda water and fresh cranberries, then garnish with a rosemary sprig and persimmon “star.”
How to make your shrub:
Bring all ingredients to a simmer with 2 cups water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring often. Reduce heat to low and cook 5 minutes until most of your cranberries have burst. Next, strain your mixture, pressing liquid out of pulp using the back of a spoon. Discard the pulp and chill for at least 1 hour.
What you’ll need to make your shrub:
6 Ounces Fresh or Frozen Cranberries
Two Ripe Persimmons Cut into 1 Inch Cubes
1 Cup Sugar
3/4 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
1 Teaspoon Lemon Zest
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
Last but not least, we give you the most delectable alcoholic, dairy-free egg nog you’ve ever had (At least we think so). We paired the softer notes of cinnamon spice and nutty vanilla expressed in Glen Moray’s Chardonnay Cask Finish Single Malt Scotch with sweet and spicy Licor 43, and tossed it together into this holiday staple. This one’s super easy to make, just simply combine all of your ingredients in a blender and blend on high until your mixture is super light and frothy, then refrigerate for 4-6 hours or until thoroughly chilled. Blend again before serving, pour into your glassware of choice, and garnish with more cinnamon!