A lovely combination of scotch, blackberries, honey, lemon and cream! This is a rare Scotch Cocktail.
One of the fun parts of being food bloggers is getting to explore new foods and drinks to share with our readers. One of the ways we both love to explore is to read old cookbooks and recipe books. Over Christmas, we found a bunch of old cocktail recipe books, one of which was published back in 1939 and contains all kinds of interesting and unusual drinks. One of those drinks is the Atholl Brose, a classic Scottish cocktail named after the 1st Earl of Atholl.
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According to the legends, the Earl quashed a rebellion by filling the rebels’ well with a potent mixture of scotch whisky, honey, oatmeal and cream, getting the rebels so drunk that they all were captured without a fight! Now if we had to pick a way to be captured, going out while drinking a good scotch would probably be right up there, but one does have to question what exactly the rebels were drinking for their water!
The cocktail sounded like an interesting one to try, but not having any oatmeal in house made us have to reconsider. We had blackberries that were crying out to be used, and with scotch having a very complimentary flavor profile, we decided to see if we could come up with something new while still paying homage to the Atholl Brose. We also just love scotch cocktails!
We started out the Black Scot by muddling some blackberries, fresh squeezed lemon and honey in the bottom of a shaker tin, and letting the honey dissolve a bit in the blackberry and lemon juices. The combination of berry juice, honey and lemon gives a nice sweet and sour component that works well towards balancing a cocktail.
Adding in a dram of a scotch gives the drink a malty, caramel note with a hint of vanilla and spice which compliments the berry flavors nicely. We topped the drink with a float of rich and creamy hand whipped cream and honey, adding a luxurious sweetness to the cocktail. Cheers!
Interested in more cocktails like this? Check out our Royal Raspberry or our Thyme to Shine for more takes on classic cocktails! Want more scotch cocktails? Check out our latest scotch cocktail, the Ginger Snap!
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Glasgow Mule – Sippity Sup
The Ginger Snap – The Gastronom
Other Whipped Cream Cocktails
Spiced Rum Coffee with Butterscotch Whipped Cream – Serious Eats
Chocolate Cream Pie Martini – Homemade Hooplah
For the Whipped Topping
- .25 oz honey
- .75 oz heavy cream
For the Cocktail
- 4 -5 blackberries
- .50 oz honey
- .25 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
Amount Per Serving:
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