A Toast to the New Year!

It’s a brand new year. What better way to celebrate a new dawn than with some spectacular cocktails concocted especially for you by the brand ambassador of the world’s most-awarded single malt. With a new twist to beloved classics, everything tastes better with a single malt that is smooth in flavour.

Lifestyle Insider Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador Angad Singh Gandhi

We love our single malt whiskies straight up over a few rocks or with some water. The whisky is so complex and full of character, that we don’t want to play with flavours. But Glenfiddich loves experimentation, whether it’s through special edition single malts or cocktail recipes. So for the love and passion for whisky, here I am sharing a few cocktail recipes with fellow aficionados and new whisky drinkers. Celebrate the New Year with these winter serves from Glenfiddich and spend moments of love, warmth and happiness with your friends and family! Have a ‘Dram’ good new year… Slainte!

Lifestyle Insider New York Sour

New York Sour
50 ml Glenfiddich 12 Year Old
22 ml Lemon juice
15 ml Simple syrup / honey water/ maple syrup
1 Egg white (optional)
10 ml Red wine infused with hibiscus leaves*

HOW TO MIX IT: Add all ingredients except the wine into a shaker with ice, and shake. Strain into a rock glass over fresh ice. Slowly pour the wine over the back of a bar spoon so that it floats on top of the drink. (*Infuse hibiscus flavours in your red wine by leaving a few hibiscus leaves in your red wine in a closed container or in the wine bottle itself.)

Lifestyle Insider Drop It Like It's Hot

Drop It Like It’s Hot
50 ml Glenfiddich 12 Year Old
7 ml Corn husk syrup* or honey cinnamon syrup
2-3 Dashes Angostura Bitters or Chocolate Bitters
Orange peel

HOW TO MIX IT: Stir ingredients over ice and serve with a big block of ice in a rock glass. Garnish with orange peel. (*Make a corn husk syrup by heating the husk in warm water with some honey and add bit cacao just for aroma. Cook for 15- 20 minutes.)

Lifestyle Insider Walnut Fiddich Fashioned

Walnut Fiddich Fashioned
60 ml Walnut Infused Glenfiddich 12 Year Old
15 ml Homemade cranberry syrup
2-3 Dashes Cinnamon Bitters
Cinnamon sticks
Lemon and orange peels

HOW TO MIX IT: Add whisky, cranberry syrup, and bitters over ice in a mixing jar, and stir for 15-20 seconds. Smoke a cinnamon stick in an inverted rock glass. Add a block of ice and the drink to the smoked rock glass. Garnish with burnt lemon and orange peel oils. (Using a lighter or match, run a flame along the zest side of a lemon peel garnish. Burn until just warm and a light char begins to appear on the peel. Squeeze the warm peel over the drink to release the citrus oils. Drop the peel into the drink to finish.)

Lifestyle Insider Glenfiddich Penicillin

20 ml Freshly squeezed lime juice
8-10 ml Freshly made ginger juice (ginger + water)
15-20 ml Mix of honey and water
60 ml Glenfiddich 12 Year Old
Ginger chunk/ candy

HOW TO MIX IT: Pour the ingredients into a shaker and add ice into it; shake for about 15 seconds. Double strain the mixture into a whisky glass with ice. Layer with a peaty whisky for added flavour. Garnish with a ginger candy/ ginger chunk. Ready to serve.

Lifestyle Insider Rob Roy

Rob Roy
50 ml Glenfiddich 12 Year Old
20 ml Sweet Vermouth
2-3 Dashes Angostura Bitters or Orange Bitters
Maraschino cherry or lemon twist

HOW TO MIX IT: Add ingredients to a mixing glass and stir over ice; strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry or lemon twist.

(As a whisky enthusiast-turned-ambassador, Angad Singh Gandhi’s brings a vital new energy to the category to change people’s preconceived ideas about what Scotch can be. He also finds innovative ways to attract a new generation of whisky lovers and make the spirit accessible to a younger audience. Angad’s charm syncs with Glenfiddich’s spirit, one that follows a long history of tradition and excellence but that isn’t afraid to push boundaries. Angad spent a some time at the Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown, Scotland understanding in-depth the art of whisky-making and the history of the distillery. He also enjoys getting behind the bar, experimenting with spirts and engaging with whisky drinkers whenever possible. Follow him on Instagram @dramswithdrama)


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