New cocktail – our take on a Whiskey Sour – Royal & Ancient

The Whiskey Sour is a great cocktail. I must admit I’ve only become acquainted with it properly for the last 18 months, but it is now a firm favourite. Like the French 75 which is sublime and better than the sum of it’s parts, the combination of spirit, sugar syrup and lemon juice is a winner. Or without the lemon, you may be a fan of the Old Fashioned. Many are.

I’d already put this cocktail the Royal & Ancient together before I ‘got into’ the Whiskey Sour, but it works for similar reasons. A strong base spirit, combined with a little sweetness – in this case from the Cointreau and the superb Monin apricot syrup.

the Royal & Ancient - a great whisky based cocktail
the Royal & Ancient – a great whisky based cocktail

Where does the name come from I’m often asked. In truth I just felt it is a suitably masculine name to give to this ‘one-for-the-boys’ kinda cocktail.

So the classic Scottish (obviously) golf course gives it it’s name. Whereas the whiskey sour starts with a bourbon base to give sweetness that scotch can’t match, this new cocktail is unashamedly scottish in character. However to the double slug of scotch, we add a little Cointreau and an even ‘littler’ (yes I know it’s not a real word – but it’s my blog ……. 😉 ) measure of Monin apricot syrup. This balance of spirit with some liqueur makes this a well balanced cocktail.

Royal & Ancient 

I’d suggest you shake this, but stirring it vigorously is fine too. You just need to ensure the syrup is not all sat at the bottom of the glass if you’re stirring it. I then recommend you serve over a little ice as this is a strong cocktail and can take a little dilution. Combine the following;

  • 50 ml blended scotch whisky
  • 20 ml Cointreau
  • 15 ml Monin apricot syrup

Admittedly this cocktail is more likely to find fans among the men. However with it’s added sweetness, I think this could be suitable for many and will surprise a few. Try it, and see what you think.

Another in-house creation that is similar in style and works for similar reasons is the legendary (well round here it is anyway) St. Louis. It combines French brandy with Southern Comfort and peach syrup – these days also enhanced with some peach bitters. It has it’s fans 😉


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