Tag Archive: Scotch


There’s a new ingredient in the house – Calvados.  I never knew that it was extra special apple brandy – but now I know.  Apparently the stuff has been around since the time of Charlemagne and was originally a type of cider.  Much like Champagne, Calvados has been given its own “appellation”, and it became official in 1942.  Wow – enough history, how does the stuff taste?  This is the second cocktail I have sampled containing Calvados, and I have to say that the most pleasing part of the drink is the strong fresh apple smell that comes along with it.  I fear in this cocktail, its partners in crime may conspire to mask its delicious flavor.

  • 1.5 ounces Calvados
  • 0.75 ounces gin
  • 0.75 ounces scotch

Shake over ice and serve in a martini glass over ice.  Garnish with a lemon twist.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • This drink has four distinct parts as you sip – it starts with a hint of apple, quickly taken over by the flavor of the scotch, not to outdone the dryness of the gin comes through and the finish comes back it the scotch.  Interesting progression.
  • The fresh apple scent is nowhere to be found… you would be hard pressed to know it was here unless told.
  • You have to like your liquors for this, it is not a sweet or smooth drink.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 3/10
  • Strength: 8/10
  • Sweetness: 3/10
  • The one thing I’ll give this drinks is good looks!


Okay, okay – I’m a few days late on my posts.  Cut me a break though – it’s was my birthday.  It’s not to say that I wasn’t drinking on my Birthday, in fact there are probably some pictures that I wish to have un-taken, but isn’t this the one day of the year that people cut you some slack?

As part of my birthday gift, today’s drink was handcrafted by the beautiful Kathryn.  It’s quite amazing to me that she knows how to use a glass that wasn’t built for vino – so it’s even more impressive that it contains scotch!  She’s just showing off.

  • 1.5 ounce scotch
  • o.75 ounce of Cointreau
  • 2 or 3 dashes orange bitters

Place everything in a shaker over ice and go nuts.  Serve in a chilled martini glass over ice.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Apparently a Scottish drink… Bairn means “child”… fun to say with a Scottish accent!
  • Combines the flavors of orange and scotch, and neither one overpowers the other.
  • Even if you are not a scotch drinker, this one may have potential for you.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 8/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • Combining the wonderful flavors of orange and scotch into a great cocktail.

Debonair Cocktail

For our Christmas drink this year, I will be preparing a Ginger-Pear martini for the family (coming soon).  So after buying some Canton Ginger Liqueur, the challenge is to find another drink that could “pear” with it!  Enter the Debonair Cocktail.

  • 2 ounces single malt scotch (the good stuff)
  • 1 ounce Canton Ginger Liqueur
  • lemon twist

Mix the scotch and liqueur over ice, shake vigorously, serve in a chilled martini glass up with a twist of lemon.

Dave’s thoughts:

  • Great gateway to scotch – retains a lot of the flavor of the individual scotch, softened with a pleasant hint ginger.
  • A little on the sweet side at first, with a dry finish of scotch.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 8/10
  • Sweetness: 5/10
  • Nice drink for a bit of scotchy variety, probably wouldn’t order two!