Welcome to a tongue-in-cheek, but sometimes super serious column documenting adventures with spirits and cocktails when out and about or from the comfort of my own home. Let's discover new things together!
It's heating up in Dallas, which brings to mind warm weather cocktails like Moscow mules, mimosas, margaritas and sangria. These are all fabulous drinks, but what if you're kind of tired of these go-to patio drinks?
That's how I felt a few years ago. I was ready to expand my palette and I discovered I actually liked to sip scotch (and in the summer, no less). Full disclosure: I was also at an event where my beverage choices were scotch or water. I'm really proud of my life-changing decision!
The Macallan Fine Oak 12 Years Old is an ideal summer scotch. It combines notes of honey, dried fruits and vanilla, so it's sweeter and less smokey than many spirits, and it's delicious on the rocks during the hot Dallas nights (or days ... no judgment here). That being said, I recently had The Macallan Fine Oak 15 Years Old and it was also fantastic. In addition to vanilla and dried fruit, it has cinnamon and chocolate notes.
When drinking Macallan on the rocks, it's highly suggested to use an ice ball and, if you're interested (and have several hundred dollars to spend), there is an official Macallan Ice Ball Maker.
But don't let a fancy ice ball get in your way of delicious scotch -- just toss in a couple of regular ice cubes.
They will melt more quickly and can water down your beverage, but that's fine, especially if you're new to scotch anyway.
I snapped the photo above at an event called Raise the Macallan. It's an interactive event that's perfect for novices and aficionados alike (and it includes a variety of samples). Click the link and get on their radar for an invitation to the next event. You can also follow The Macallan National Amabassador @MacallanJeremy on Instagram for information and a daily dose of stunning scotch-related photos.
Booze News Insider Rachel Hart believes in the importance of expanding one's happy hour and nightcap repertoire beyond a glass of wine (although, she'll happily take one). She loves to discover creative quality spirits and cocktails and hopes you'll go on the journey with her.