We know whisky and a mixer isn't a new concept, but simply serving our single malt with soda is a delicious way to explore its versatility and opens up a world of possibilities.
Our own Kingsbarns Balcomie and tonic is a great example of a modern Highball.
Tonic water is an underused but delicious mixer for Whisky, and is perfectly suited to the sherry cask influence in the Balcomie. Bitter-sweet, good quality Indian Tonic Water really opens up our whisky enhancing the flavours seen in the neat spirit and introducing others. Garnishing the drink with a large orange wedge clearly brings out the spirit’s influence.
Neat, the dram has real orange peel and dried fruit character - served long with tonic this evolves into an almost marmalade-like flavour. The inspiration for this came from the classic Highball - the sherry & tonic - a refreshing, summery, low ABV serve.
With a sherried whisky it made sense to look towards the drinks sherry is traditionally used in, and the Balcomie and tonic is a real winner. Unusual, but delicious.
HOW TO MAKE IT
-50ml Balcomie Single Malt
-100-150ml Fever-Tree (or premium) Tonic (well-chilled)
-Fill your favourite tumbler with ice (top tip: put it in the freezer for 5 minutes before this stage!)
-Pour in 50ml Dream to Dram, top with the soda.
-Garnish with a wedge of orange.
Sip responsibly and enjoy!
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