Compass Box’s whiskymaker John Glaser doesn’t produce your typical Scotch whisky. With names like The Peat Monster, The Spice Tree, and Great King Street, these small-batch scotch whiskys bridge traditional techniques and more innovative approaches. USQ will be pouring tastes of four whiskys from the collection as part of our Fluid Fridays series for the month of June. But beyond whisky neat, there, of course, will be cocktails from Compass Box brand ambassadors Elana Effrat and David Bailey.
Scotch-based cocktails seem to be the rage right now and we certainly aren’t complaining. There is something about mixing a smoky dark spirit with refreshing spring and summer ingredients. For a start to the sunny season, try out the Smokey River Trading Company, a citrus-inflected, Peat Monster-based concoction whipped up by the bartenders at Avenue Grill in Denver, Colorado. And for a even chiller drink, “Poolside,” mix in some elderflower liqueur and fizzy water with Orangerie.
Smokey River Trading Company 2 oz. The Peat Monster ½ oz. Averna Amaro ½ oz. lemon juice ½ oz. simple syrup 1 dash Angostura bitters 1 dash orange bitters
Add ingredients to a shaker. Shake and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with a flamed orange peel.
Poolside 1 ½ oz. Orangerie splash St. Germain seltzer water or club soda orange slice, for garnsih
Fill a tall glass with ice. Add Orangerie and St. Germain. Fill with seltzer or club soda. Stir, and garnish with an orange slice.