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Issue 46 - Shake it up...maybe

Whisky Magazine Issue 46
March 2005


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Shake it up...maybe

This issue BBC Radio London DJ and all-rounder Nigel Barden looks at cocktails

Polly's Special, Blood and Sand, The Vibrators, Rattlesnake, Casanova, Gloom Lifter and Zig Zig Sputnik. I know you've spotted it; a list of whisky based cocktails with a couple of 1980s rock bands thrown in for good measure.

If you did spot the cuckoos in the whisky nest, Zig Zig Sputnik and The Vibrators, then award yourself a Blood and Sand; equal measures of Scotch, your favourite blend, maybe a lighter malt. Or heck, why not a touch of the Irish, sweet vermouth, cherry brandy, grapefruit juice; ideally freshly squeezed.

Shake with lots of ice, strain into a chilled Martini glass & sip gratefully. If there's no cocktail shaker in your dram cabinet, go all Blue Peter and improvise. Use a teapot with your thumb over the spout, or a decanter and then pour through a tea strainer or fine sieve. If it was good enough for Rudolph Valentino at the launch of his film ‘Blood and Sand' in 1922, then it should really hit the mark with we Whisky Magazine devotees.

For ages the media has banged on about the new dawn of the cocktail and that drinkers were quaffing them all over Britain and Ireland. The cocktail map has been redrawn and we fortunate imbibers can now lubricate our larynxes with some of the best crafted cocktails available anywhere on the drinking planet. Decent bars are springing up all over the place.

Unfortunately it's binge drinking which occupies the headlines, with lots of ridiculous inducements. 'Welcome To Our Happy Half Hour: 10 pints of cooking vodka for £...

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