Scotch for Spring

New England is infamous for its quirky, quick-changing weather and that’s certainly been the case in Connecticut this month. Not two weeks ago our basements were flooded and the National Guard was actually called into our small town to help control the flood. Days later we had record high temps and sunshine. Currently, we’re somewhere in between but I’m hoping (if only for the sake of our newly-planted grass) that the weather starts leaning in Summer’s direction.

April’s Scotchtail is perfect for this time of year (no matter what the weather’s doing) and the flavor combo of grapefruit and honey is divine! Easy-to-make, too! What more could you ask for?

April Cocktail

1 ½ Chivas Regal 12 yo

1 ½ oz. Ruby Grapefruit Juice

2 barspoons honey

Dash Grapefruit bitters

Stir the honey in the empty old fashioned glass. Add the whisky and continue until dissolved. Following the addition of the Grapefruit Juice, top with crushed ice.

If grapefruit isn’t your style, try this light and refreshing drink that would be fantastic through summer!


1 ½ oz Chivas Regal 12 yo

¾ oz. Monin Mandarin Syrup

¾ oz. Fresh Lime Juice

Dash Peach Juice

Tonic water.

Shake all ingredients (except tonic) together in a Boston shaker. Pour over ice and top with tonic water. Garnish with sliced apple.




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3 responses to “Scotch for Spring

  1. Pardon my ignorance, but what is a Boston shaker?

    • cocktailculture

      Hi Erik –

      A Boston Shaker is one of the preferred tools of professional bartenders today, as opposed to using the 3-piece or cobbler-style shaker. The Boston Shaker is two pieces – one metal tumbler and one 16-ounce pint glass. (Less pieces to lose behind the bar!) You place the metal piece on top of the glass and it fits snugly together to form a seal, perfect for shaking.

      Shaking with the Boston Shaker definitely takes some practice to perfect the art, but it sure does get your drinks nice and deliciously cold!

      Thanks for checking in!

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