You don’t often think “spritz” when you think of Scotch, but the subtle notes of apple and pear in addition to warming notes of cinnamon and vanilla found in Glen Moray’s Classic Chardonnay Cask Finish set it up as the perfect base for a refreshing wintertime spritz. The delicate, semisweet blanc vermouth gets an added herbal kick with a brief infusion of fresh thyme. You can mix up the serve here by using a classic Collins glass with a long, clear ice spear or a more spritz-friendly wine glass filled with cracked ice.
Jordan Hughes, High-Proof Preacher | Portland, Oregon
- 1 ½ ounces Glen Moray Speyside Classic Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Chardonnay Cask Finish)
- 1 ounce Thyme-Infused Blanc Vermouth (see Editor’s Note)
- 2 dashes lemon bitters
- 2 dashes cardamom bitters
- 3 ounces sparkling wine
Garnish: fresh thyme, lemon zest
- Add the Scotch, infused vermouth and bitters to a chilled Collins glass or wine glass filled with cracked ice.
- Top with sparkling wine.
- Garnish with fresh thyme and lemon zest.
Thyme-Infused Blanc Vermouth
In a large sealable jar, combine a 375ml bottle of blanc vermouth with a handful of fresh thyme. Allow to infuse for 6 days. Strain out the thyme, and store infused vermouth in a sealable jar, or bottle and refrigerate for 4 to 6 weeks.