Dive into refreshing whisky cocktails to beat the heat

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May 01, 2021

The Glenlivet whisky cocktail with lime
When it's not raining or a cool breeze is hard to come by, Asia can become pretty warm on a…

When it’s not raining or a cool breeze is hard to come by, Asia can become pretty warm on a regular day. That’s why escaping the sweltering tropical heat that we all have a love-hate relationship with has become an art form for a lot of us. We love the sun, but we may not love the sweat-inducing humidity as much.

When your shirt is sticking to your back as you’re hanging out with friends al fresco, a classic whisky cocktail can be as refreshing as any other mixed drinks, the key is keeping your whisky ice-cold with plenty of crushed ice on hand.

While some may balk at using a single malt whisky in cocktail recipes, there’s no harm in exploring the complex tasting notes and pushing the boundaries of what whisky purists would consider taboo. The approach should be to amplify and complement the deep complexities, rather than drowning them out in a mix.

Calamansi Summer Highball

The calamansi, or Philippine lime, is ubiquitous in the country and in other parts of Southeast Asia. Squeezed into marinades, dipping sauces, or enjoyed as cold juice, this citrus lends a sweet-tangy edge to any food or drink it’s added into. You can take the classic Summer Highball whisky cocktail recipe made with Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve and give it a uniquely Pinoy twist – quick, easy, and utterly refreshing!

2 parts The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve
4 parts ginger beer
1 medium calamansi

Combine and stir whisky and ginger beer in a highball glass over an ice spear. Slice open the calamansi and squeeze contents into the mix, careful not to get the seeds in. Garnish with the used rind.

Thai Chai Iced Tea Cooler

What could be more refreshing than Thai Chai iced tea on the beaches of Koh Samui or Phuket during the Asian summer months? How about a tall glass of Chai iced tea whisky cocktail? Something fresh and fruity would do the trick, for example, The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve with its apple, pear and orange notes make it the perfect choice to bring the temperatures down a notch. Serve it at a casual gathering and your guests will be asking for more.

Serving tip: if you have a large party of guests, prepare a few glass pitchers full and have plenty of ice cubes to keep it chilled.

2 lemon wedges
4 mint leaves
1 oz unsweetened iced tea
1 oz The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve
1 tsp pandan leaf syrup
1 mint sprig

Put the lemon wedges and mint leaves into a shaker, press them together and add the rest of ingredients and fill with crushed ice. Shake and strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Bubbly Whisky Cocktail

If you’re celebrating with friends, here’s a simple champagne whisky cocktail recipe that’s sure to bring smiles all around. You can go with either a blended or single malt with floral or fruity tasting notes. Add a dash of blood orange sour mix to add a pleasantly acidic zing to the bubbly.

1 oz The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve
0.5 oz lemon juice
0.25 oz honey syrup
1 oz champagne or sparkling wine
Lemon peel garnish
0.5 oz blood orange sour mix (optional)

Shake whisky, lemon juice and honey syrup with ice until cold and blended. Strain into a champagne flute. Top up with bubbly champagne and serve. Garnish with lemon peel.

Explore New Flavors with These Cocktails

There are so many ways to enjoy whisky, even more so when the temperature soars. So, cast away those age-old whisky stereotypes and don’t be afraid to try one of these refreshing and simple whisky cocktails at the beach, poolside or your own garden.

To accompany your cocktail, check out our ideas on what Asian snacks to pair with whisky on: Asian Snacks You Never Knew You Could Pair With Whisky.

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