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Take a Peat Monster Poolside

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.

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.

Check out the Compass Box lineup here.

Whisky & Jazz Single Malt Tasting

“Jazz was born in a whisky barrel,” according to musician Artie Shaw. And what better way to celebrate that theory than with a live jazz and Scotch tasting, complete with dark chocolate? On Thursday, February 9, USQ will have more than a dozen single malt Scotchs on hand to sip alongside the sounds of the Ralph Williams Jazz Trio. Look forward to selections from Glenfiddich, including an unveiling of their limited edition Cask of Dreams bottling (only a few are even available in New York!), as well as Lagavulin, Oban, The Balvenie, Highland Park, Talisker and Bruichladdich. But we’re not done yet. Pure Dark Chocolate will help guests explore and discover their own favorite Scotch and chocolate pairings…just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Reservations are required to attend this events. Tickets are $30 each, and include a $10 voucher toward purchase the evening of the event. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.