With all the bans, whispers of prohibition, it is no surprise that the 1920s style “Speakeasy” bars are popping up all over India.
On a recent trip to Gurgaon, I stopped by CND and sampled their insanely good Scotch Sour. It was a toss-up between trying that and an Old Fashioned.
When our recent tasting session in Mumbai featured whiskies that encourage cocktails, thought why not create a little “Speakeasy” atmosphere at home!
Greenore is an Irish single grain whiskey which they say can be enjoyed “neat, over ice, or makes a perfect base for a cocktail.” Their 18 year only has 4,000 bottles and is deceptive as comes across as quite young.
- Muddle together a cube of white sugar, dash of Angostura bitters, tablespoon of soda water
- Top glass with cubed ice
- Add whisky and stir slowly
- Garnish with fresh orange peel, spraying a little on the glass
See their mixologist’s video here for more details.
Corsair is an American small batch fine spirits maker. Their Triple Smoke has a bolder character – think smoky bacon on the nose, chewy coffee and tobacco on the palate with a complex curl of smoke. Rather an interesting base for a cocktail…
Here’s the Corsair Triple Smoke version of an Old Fashioned:
- 3 oz Triple Smoke Whiskey
- 1/2 oz Amber Agave
- 2 dashes old fashioned bitters
- Combine in a mixing glass, add ice and stir til well chilled
- Strain into a chilled rocks glass
- Add large ice cubes
- Garnish with a bing cherry
So there you have it – two very different whiskies with two contrasting Old Fashioned recipes!
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