Hauntingly Smoky Ardbeg Cocktails for Halloween
Ardbeg’s intrepid whiskies have always been inspired by legends of the other-worldly creatures said to haunt Islay’s wilderness. So no surprise that when it comes to mixing, Halloween is the Distillery’s favourite time of year. Embrace the spook-factor this autumn with Ardbeg’s big and untamed Ten Years Old, which unleashes smoky intensity on any cocktail which encounters it. Shiver at the sweetness and smoke of An Oa, as it scuttles into your glass. And quake in the presence of the fesity young creature known as Wee Beastie, which threatens any serve with its formidable bite. These smoky monsters promise to spirit a host of classic drinks into a different dimension.
There’s a smoky brilliance to this serve – which takes a spooky sidestep from the classic Old Fashioned. Black pepper pops with cinnamon toffee, chewy peat oil and jammy blackcurrant tones, for a taste that’s almost out of this world.
Stir all ingredients over cubed ice in a mixing glass, pour over cubed ice in glass. Garnish with a twist of orange peel.
- 50 mL Ardbeg Ten Years Old
- 2 tsp Blackcurrant Jam
- 12.5 mL Muscovado Syrup
- 3 dashes Bitters
This Ardbeg twist on a classic Negroni has more to offer than first meets the eye. Herbaceous and chocolatey, it nods at the heritage of the original serve, when Count Negroni requested a more punchy version of his favourite Americano. Made with Ardbeg Wee Beastie, it’s perfect for pre-batching and freezing – but beware its smoky, spicy bite.
Stir all ingredients over cubed ice in a mixing glass. Pour over cubed ice into a glass and garnish with a twist of lemon peel.
- 30 mL Ardbeg Wee Beastie
- 25 mL Bitter Aperitif
- 25 mL Sweet Vermouth
With just two ingredients, there’s an apparent simplicity to this drink, which, like the best Halloween surprises, is as deceptive as it is delicious. A different slant on the old favourite whisky and cola, it summons flavours of smoky tea, syrup sweetness and treacle toffee, as cigar smoke and aniseed creep across your palate.
Pour ingredients over cubed ice in a highball glass and garnish with a fresh cherry.
- 50 mL Ardbeg An Oa
- 75 mL Cherry Cola