Lighting up the mixology scene this summer is the flavor of smoke. Drinkers are hot on the trail of full-flavored smoking cocktails and mixologists everywhere are fanning the fire. Islay is famous for producing robust smoky scotch, which is a perfect way to taste smoke in a glass, but is a challenge to mix with. And although, the most die-hard Islay Scotch Whisky fans will tell you their sacred liquid is best served straight, bravely trying to tame the assertive peating and smoky flavor profile of Islay Scotch requires mixing experience and balancing skills.
In the past, all sorts of drinks have taken on Islay’s burst of smoke, a splash and a dash at a time. NYC’s Master Mixologist, Sam Ross was one of the first to venture into the smoky scene by adding ginger, honey and lemon to blended scotch with a small float of Islay to create his famous Penicillin cocktail. To keep his fire burning, Ardbeg, the ultimate Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky and the peatiest malt in the world is in search of a perfectly balanced cocktail recipe which uses a full pour of this smokin’ spirit rather than just a hint.
Think you can tame a fire-breathing, peaty dragon of a dram like Ardbeg straight from the Island of Islay? We dare you to add more than just a float.
Please enter to ignite your smokiest recipe imaginable, but remember we don’t want to choke on the smoke.
Recipes entered receive a one-year FREE subscription to Chilled Magazine and have a chance to win an all expense paid trip to visit the Ardbeg Distillery in Scotland. The top four perfectly balanced cocktails will also be featured in an upcoming issue of Chilled Magazine along with a special feature for the grand prizewinner. Note: Winner must not work for a retailer.
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