You’ve all heard of an Irish Coffee but warming concoctions featuring Scottish whisky are just as common on the isles according to dedicated distillers The Glenlivet. Now that we’ve stepped up our home cocktail-making skills in lockdown, it’s the perfect time to experiment with classics, especially this winter warmer with a welcome highland twist.
Having produced whisky since 1822, The Glenlivet understands what it takes to get a blend right, selecting their 12 Year Old, a rather sophisticated malt, to stand up to the punch of coffee.
Spiced Spey Coffee
40ml The Glenlivet 12 year old
15ml liquid chocolate
10ml simple syrup
75ml Americano coffee/ strong filter coffee
1 small pinch cayenne pepper
40ml lightly whipped double cream
1. Warm a small wine glass with boiling water. Pour out the hot water.
2. Mix the chocolate, whisky, coffee, syrup and cayenne pepper together in a heated glass.
3. Gently pour the cream over the back of a spoon to create a creamy layer.
4. Garnish with chocolate shavings, adding another small pinch of cayenne pepper.
Don’t worry about being left out of the late night, at home action if you’re a tea drinker. The Glenlivet brand ambassador Jack Potter has a simple solution for those who avoid espresso in the evenings.
“Simply cold brew your favourite fruit tea for around 10 minutes,” Potter says. “Serve with a measure of The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, lots of ice, and a slice of lemon.”
Now repeat after me, “coffee, tea, whisky,” and it’s clear why they go together.