Whisky Mac Recipe
Brrrrrr, the new year has started in slightly nippy fashion. I have a fire on the go, the heating’s turned up and I still haven’t learnt how to work the new underfloor heating in the kitchen. I am only a step away from sleeping in my dressing gown, which I think should be a good gauge of just how chilly it is. So, today, the first Cocktail Friday of 2017, I am sharing with you my old family favourite, the Whisky Mac.
This is my most favourite winter warmer. A Whisky Mac is my first choice after a freezing dog walk or a Christmas pub excursion. This classic combination of Whisky and warming Ginger Wine soothes and comforts like no other drink can. But on another matter, is it Whisky without an e or with an e? I have this dilemma every time I write a Whisky based cocktail. To clarify without an e makes your whisky Scottish, with an e it’s Irish. You will thank me one day when that question comes up at your pub quiz.
Rambling aside, this is a simple, tasty drink created to warm you from head to toe. If you are feeling a little chilly this weekend, fashion yourself a Whisky Mac and feel the smooth, glow this old fashioned classic offers.
Simple, but elegant line up for this Whisky Mac. Featuring a lovely bottle of Whisky Clyde was given by our super generous friends for his birthday. Don’t tell him I’ve borrowed it.
Make a start with a fancy tumbler. And a handful of ice, all rather standard Friday Cocktail procedure.
Pour in the Whisky, a nice big shot, purely for warmth, I must add.
Next, and finally, pour in the wonderfully old fashioned Stones Ginger Wine. There was always a bottle of this in my parents drinks cabinet when I was a child, it makes me feel snuggy and wistful every time I see it.
Give this fragrant mixture a little stir then garnish with some fresh ginger, if you like. That is ginger, I promise, even though it looks like potato.
This almost feels medicinal it’s so soothing, but not in a bad way. It doesn’t taste like medicine.
You don’t need to have had a long frosty dog walk to enjoy my Whisky Mac, but if you have had a walk, you can at least justify a second one.
Have a lovely weekend.
Whisky Mac Recipe
You will need a nice tumbler
40ml Stones Ginger Wine
Take a good sized tumbler and add a generous amount of ice. Pour on the whisky followed by the ginger wine, stir and sip this wonderful winter warmer.
John Beecham says
Hi Lucy, like you my parents always had a bottle of stones in the cupboard, my Mum loved it on its own to my Dad’s frustration as he wants it for his Whisky, So today I decided to treat myself to a bottle of Famous Grouse, and Stones Ginger wine they are going down a treat….. Hick , they take me back to our family days when I was a young boy many years ago, great memories great choice of drink x
Thanks so much, John. I have had a couple this week and had to buy another bottle of Stones as we have my parents coming for Christmas and Whisky Mac’s will be on the menu! Best wishes, Lucy x
Whisky Mac is the ulimate winter warming cocktail. To maximize the flavour though, don’t use ice. In fact warm the glass with hot water first.
Use Crabbies ginger wine – it adds colour and much more flavour than Stones.
Ooh, thanks for the tip, George, that sounds great. I did buy Crabbies this season and it’s tons more lively. Will try the warmed glass and keep you posted. Lucy x