Sweet and Sour

We celebrated the recent Whisky Sour Day, by bringing you tried and tested recipes with some of the world’s best whiskies.

Do you have a sweet tooth? Do you prefer sour drinks? Or are you someone who loves the tug-of-war that’s created between a sweet and sour mix?

On Whisky Sour Day, we brought out the cheeky and unconventional bartender in you for a tantalizing Monkey Jam Sour with Monkey Shoulder. Its fruity aromas and mellow vanilla notes make it the perfect scotch whisky to experiment with your sweet and sour cravings. (Priced at INR 6,050 in Mumbai, for 700 ml, Monkey Shoulder is available across the country.)


50 ml Monkey Shoulder
20 ml Fresh Lemon Juice
5 ml Sugar Syrup (1:1)
2 tsp Jam
2 dash Orange bitters
Soda Water (Optional)

Add all ingredients to shaker. Add fresh ice and shake it like a legend. Strain into ice filled glass. Top with soda water if you fancy.

Grant’s Distinction is also the perfect base to stir up Green Apple whisky sour cocktail. Retaining the ‘House style’ of the Grant’s family, Grant’s Distinction has a robust, malty character with delicate fresh fruit flavours that brings a unique blend of sweet and spicy notes. (It is exclusively available in India and is priced at INR 2500, INR 1200 for 750 ml in Mumbai and Gurgaon respectively.)

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60 ml Grant’s Distinction
30 ml Green Apple Syrup
30 ml Lime Juice
1 Egg white

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and dry shake, add ice and shake again until well chilled. Strain into a rock glass or coupe. Garnish with a slice of green apple.


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