We're not saying they're easy, we're just saying you've got some time on your hands. While lounging around the house in pajamas, fully benefitting from Mom and Dad's fridge (and liquor cabinet), we suggest you put your downtime to good use and learn how to make a craft cocktail or two. It will impress your friends and get you tipsy. What's not to like, really? The Black Grouse (that's a whiskey), recently came to Chicago to mingle with notable Chicago bartenders and find out what they'd shake up with the spirit. Three of our favorite recipes are below, coupled with instructions so you've got a shot at figuring them out. Give 'em a try, and even if they don't turn out perfectly, it's cool, you're on vacation.
A Quiet Smoke in the Woods, created by Mike Ryan. You know you'll feel badass just making this.
2 oz The Black Grouse
.75 oz. Madeira
.25 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
Two hard dashes Angostura bitters
Highland Breeze, created by Lynn House.
2 oz. The Black Grouse
.5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1 tsp. Fresh Grated Ginger
2 tsp. Orange Marmalade
1.5 oz. Tonic
Combine lime, ginger, and marmalade in a mixing glass and stir until marmalade dissolves. Add The Black Grouse and ice, shake until well chilled. Double strain over fresh ice into a double old fashioned glass, top with tonic. Gently stir and garnish with a blood orange twist.
The Royal Mile, created by Charles Joly.
1.5 oz The Black Grouse
.5 oz Benedictine Liqueur
.5 oz Earl Grey Syrup
.75 oz Lemon Juice
Rare Tea Cellars Bitters
Combine all ingredients aside from bitters in a mixing glass and dry shake. Add ice, shake, and strain into an old-fashioned glass with ice. Decoratively add bitters to top of cocktail.
Photo: Via The Black Grouse