SMWS and partners create floral cocktail menu

SMWS and partners create floral cocktail menu

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has unveiled a signature cocktail menu, working with The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and world-renowned mixologist Jason Scott

News | 25 Jun 2021

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In partnership with mixologist Jason Scott of Bramble and Lucky Liquor Co. and The Royal Botanic Garden, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) has created a limited-edition range of floral cocktails.

Together the three have created cocktails that explore the more delicate and floral notes within the Society’s June Outturn whiskies, complementing and contrasting them through edible flowers and exciting mixers.
Jason Scott

In order to achieve this Scott worked closely with Dr Greg Kenicer of The Royal Botanic Garden, and inspired by the flavours of summer signature cocktails will be created using a range of natural mixers, that include lavender, primrose flower, borage flower, fresh mint and gorse.

Scott, who is the owner of Bramble Bar, Lucky Liquor and The Last Word Saloon, is a key figure in the Scottish cocktail industry and has trained some of the best bartenders in the country.

Scott, said: “I have long been a fan of the Society and really admire what they do.
“After visiting The Botanics and meeting up with Greg, it’s been a journey of fun and discovery to create these fantastic floral cocktails. I’m confident whisky and flower lovers alike will adore this summer cocktail menu.”

Adding his thoughts, Dr Kenicer, said: “I am delighted to be working with Jason and The Scotch Malt Whisky Society on this exciting and unique project.

“When it comes to enhancing and developing cocktail flavours, there is so much out there for drink makers and bartenders to explore from the botanical Kingdom. Many of these plants can be grown in a garden or even a window box, or you can find them at your local supermarkets.

“Since the Stone Age, botanicals and fresh plants have been used as compounds to enhance the flavour of drinks. It’s really exciting to see mixologists across the world continuing this ancient legacy, and also innovating in so many creative ways.”

The signature cocktails are available at SMWS Bath Street, Queen Street and Greville Street from Friday 11th June. Non-members are also welcome to attend Queen Streets’ Kaleidoscope Bar and can visit both Bath Street and Greville Street venues on Tuesday evenings, by booking online or by phone.

To celebrate the signature cocktail menu, the SMWS will also be hosting an event on the 29th of June, at their Queen Street venue.

With the aim of breaking down the perceived barriers of traditional whisky drinking, the below cocktails have been designed to encourage whisky enthusiasts to delve deep into the modern use of whisky, by mixing the water of life with fresh ingredients.

Cocktail List

Joy & Sorrell

Queen Street, Edinburgh - Joy & Sorrell
The Joy & Sorrell features vibrant fuchsia flowers with a taste of citrus lemon and sweet sorrel syrup.

Melancholy Crush

Bath Street, Glasgow – Melancholy Crush
This refreshing julep combines an elegantly fruity and herbal dram with fresh mint, lemon and Angostura Bitters.

Four Seasons

Greville Street, London – Four Seasons
This London inspired violet Penicillin, features a 2008 Speyside distilled whisky combined with ingredients that include fresh lavender, finished in an old fashioned glass.

Flaming Primrose

Bottled – Flaming Primrose
Garnished with a primrose flower, this vibrant blood-red cocktail incorporates infused gorse Campari and Sweet Vermouth with an 8-year-old single scotch oily and coastal whisky.

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