Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Mind, Music and Scotch

My #LoveScotch affair continues this week with experiences of Mind, Magic and Music! This week we were invited to be part of a pub crawl along with Bengaluru's super awesome Nakul Shenoy and the singing sensation Anushka Manchanda! The evening entailed candid conversations and precious moments around Scotch whisky which began at Permit Room and ended at Arbor.
The evening marked the celebration of everything that gives Scotch Whisky its unique character, flavour and personality, as Anushka and Nakul shared their experiences about their favourite liquids. The two celebrities got behind the bar and tried their hand at creating signature serves and exotic cocktails.

The spirited evening got even more interesting when Anushka broke into an impromptu gig that got the guest grooving to her beats while Nakul mesmerized one and all with his mind bending skills.
Anushka Manchanda quite cheekily mentioned that  “Scotch is the world’s favourite whisky and my love for it is timeless. My father’s favourite Scotch Whisky is Johnnie Walker Black Label and hence mine too! Whenever and wherever I globe trot I always bring him a bottle of his favorite Scotch Whisky and It’s almost like a ritual now. It's the first whisky I knew, and the one I enjoy sipping the most.”

Also the Master Mind Reader, Nakul quipped, “I enjoy and savour my glass of Vat69 Scotch Whisky. It embodies the spirit of being unique and doing things differently which resonates with me. The pub crawl was amazing fun and a great way to showcase our love for Scotch Whisky. I now realize it is no easy task to make cocktails as it needs skill and technique to do so. Whether neat, on the rocks or in a cocktail, there is no right or wrong way to drink Scotch whisky, as long as you enjoy it, that’s all that matters.”

Here's what the celebrities made along with step by step preparation:

  • Black and White: Orange and Mint Julep

45ml Black and White, 4 slices of orange, 8-10 mint leaves, topped with Ginger ale. This drink is built in a hi-ball glass over cubed ice and stirred quickly before service.

Share your love for scotch with this sweet and refreshing drink -grainy and sweet notes of this exceptionally smooth Scotch whisky combined with the citrusy notes of orange pronounced with an aroma of mint.

  • Black Dog Black Reserve: Sunset Cinnamon
45ml Black Dog Black Reserve, 10 ml Cinnamon syrup, 2 of Maraschino Cherries, 5 dashes Angostura bitters. Stir all the ingredients over ice and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Unwind yourself with our twist on the classic American cocktail, a rich sweetness from cinnamon stirred with Scotch and bitters served on the rocks.

  • Red Label: The Red Label Mule
45ml Johnnie Walker Red Label, 2 squeezes fresh lime, 2 dashes of Angostura bitters and topped with Ginger ale. This drink is built in a hi-ball glass over cubed ice and stirred quickly before service to mix.

This simple serve displays Johnnie Red label at its finest, marrying the spice and smoky notes with ginger ale, a squeeze of citrus and a splash of bitters.

  • Black Label: West Coast Julep
45ml Johnnie Walker Black Label, 20 ml ginger infused honey syrup, 30ml apple juice, 10 fresh mint leaves, 5 ml lime juice. Add all ingredients to shaker and shake hard. Then double strain into a rocks glass, add crushed ice and serve with a fresh mint sprig garnish.

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