Cocktail Recipes

Vanilla Skye

Vanilla Skye Cocktail by Adam Brewer

This cocktail recipe has been chosen as one of the 101 Best New Cocktails, and it will be immortalized in Gaz Regan’s Annual Manual for Bartenders: 2011.

Adapted from a recipe by Adam Brewer, Cloudland, Brisbane, Australia.

“This is the winning drink from Australian World Class 2010. I have changed the name to be more suitable. Also the drink is named after the famous Monet painting and the Isle of Skye from which Talisker hails,” Adam Brewer.

  • 40 ml (1.33 oz) Talisker 10 Year Old scotch
  • 10 ml (.33 oz) white crème de menthe (the cheaper the better)
  • 10 ml (.33 oz) oloroso sherry
  • 2 dashes chocolate bitters (I use Scrappy’s; Bitter Truth or Fee Brothers also work)
  • 1 lemon twist, as garnish

Stir over ice and strain into a chilled coupette. Garnish with the oils from the lemon then discard the twist.
gaz sez: I do love the combination of the Talisker, mint, and sherry in this drink. An odd threesome, it’s true, but the mint and the sherry tease the scotch nicely.

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