You have had summer cocktails with whisky at their core. Light refreshing drinks such as the Bourbon Rickey, the Horse’s Neck, a Blinker or a Mint Julep. And then there are the heart-warming cocktails for the winter. You might prefer a Hot Toddy, or a Blood and Sand, maybe an Irish Coffee or a good old Manhattan. Mint, orange and lemon are great for the summer cocktails and coffee is great during winter, but what most whisky lovers are almost unaware of, is that curry makes a great pair when it comes to whisky, be it summer or winter.

Most people at first don’t know how to react when they hear whisky and curry leaves or curry powder. But even though you may not have heard of this combination before, trust me, scotch and curry are as good a combination as any.

The savoury, robust flavours of the curry are intense and stand tall against the flavour of all good Blended Scotch Whisky. The complexities of the flavours erupt on the taste buds, with this incredibly well balanced whisky cocktail. It is best to use a scotch such as Clan Campbell, with some peat smoke accentuating its flavour. You could also use a Ballantine’s 17 Year Old. There is no point in complicating things with 30 year old single malts.

It is a simple drink to create, and is splendid for summer afternoons. Don’t be prejudiced towards the curry, just give it a try. You’ve got nothing to lose. Curry up now, or forever hold your peace.

The Process

Fill in a rock glass with ice. Then pour in 2 ounces of scotch whisky and add 3 blasts of curry cocktail spice. One ‘blast’ is a measurement of one eyedropper full of curry spice, which might be about 25 drops. Then fill up the glass with sparkling water and feel free to add 4 or 5 more drops on top of the cocktail. Garnish with a lemon zest and enjoy a great summer cocktail with a flavourful twist.