As I’ve stated in my recent article on the “The Torran” Single Malt Whiskys, today I want to make short work and introduce three cocktail recipes here (and thereby suggest to try them on your own), which are a great match for these Single Malts. So let’s go directly in medias res.
For the standard bottling of the series I have opted for a drink, which is a classic; one that some believe to go through a tiny renaissance at the moment. The origin of the Godfather is controversial, it is usually claimed by the Amaretto manufacturer Disaronno for themselves and referred to as the alleged favorite cocktail of Marlon Brando. In its original recipe, it is a simple two-part drink made of equal parts Scotch and Amaretto (so it is a little bit similar to the Rusty Nail), but I have chosen a variant in which a little Amontillado sherry and some Orange Bitters are added. Very aromatic and delicious.
Recipe “Godfather” (variant):
5 cl The Torran Matured in Oak Casks
1.5 cl amaretto
1 cl amontillado sherry
2 Dashes Orange Bitters
Preparation: Add all ingredients into a glass filled with ice cubes and stir briefly.
The “River Runs Red” is my personal suggestion to mix The Torran Port Wood in a drink. It is basically a kind of Boston Sour, which is to pick up the berry-vinous notes of the whisky. I named it according to its color after an album by the band Life of Agony.
Recipe “River Runs Red”:
5.5 cl The Torran Finished at Port Wood
1 cl Chambord
2.5 cl lemon juice
1 cl sugar syrup
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
½ egg whites
Preparation: Shake all ingredients vigorously in a shaker on ice (if necessary, do a “dry shake” without ice first) and double-strain into your pre-chilled glass.
And last but not least a Scotch version of a drink called Easy Peasy. The Easy Peasy is an easy-to-make drink (hence the name) by Sarah Rosner from the radiator in Washington D.C., which is actually made on a gin base. However, the Torran Sauternes Cask Finish with its honey sweetness almost fits a little better the the herbaceous character of the cocktail, as I think.
Recipe: “Easy Peasy” (variant with scotch):
4.5 cl The Torran Sauternes Cask Finish
1.5 cl Chartreuse Jaune
2.25 cl liquid honey
2.5 cl lemon juice
Preparation: Put all the ingredients in a shaker and stir with your bar spoon until the honey gradually dissolves in the liquid. Finally add ice cubes, shake vigorously and strain into a ceramic mug filled with crushed ice.
Glass: ceramic mug
Buying sources: At specialized retailers or online.