Whisky Tipples

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In praise of parents with a quintessential dad drink

A classic top-ranked gift worthy of any occasion, a bottle of Scotch whisky* is a tasteful way to show just how much you care. This Father’s Day, go one better with a whisky-themed barbecue complete with cocktails dedicated to dad. (On the flipside, if you are the proud papa, drop a hint by leaving this page open for family to find).

With rich honeyed sweetness and a touch of peat smoke, vanilla and oak, Dewar’s White Label is a blended scotch whisky that, along with sipping over ice or mixing in cocktails, is also tailor-suited for creating dad-worthy dishes.

Whisky Walnut Cheese Spread: In a food processor, blend 2 cups shredded aged cheddar cheese with 1/4 cup softened butter, 1 oz blended whisky, 2 tbsp cream and 1/2 tsp each dry mustard, salt and pepper. Stir in 1/2 cup finely chopped toasted chopped walnuts, then chill at least one hour. Serve with oat cakes or crackers for spreading.

Whisky Butter: To 1 cup softened butter, stir in 1 oz blended whisky, 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh chives or parsley, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce and 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper. Spoon onto a large piece of plastic wrap, then roll to form a log, twisting ends to close. Chill until firm. When ready to use, remove plastic wrap and slice into rounds. Top each hot, grilled steak or chop with one or two butter ‘coins’.

Whisky Maple BBQ Sauce: To each 1 cup of your favorite thick and smoky tomato-based barbecue sauce, stir in 1 oz blended whisky and 1 tbsp pure maple syrup; simmer for 5 minutes. Brush on pork or beef ribs when just about ready to take off the grill. Or, brush on grilled chicken wings and use to top burgers.

While each has its own unique characteristics, in general, the nuanced flavors of smoke, spice and butterscotch found in blended or single malt scotch whiskies work well in many cocktails. Or, serve neat, naturally.


Trusty Nail

Makes: 1 cocktail

A spin on the classic Rusty Nail, this cocktail swaps out more traditional Drambuie for B&B – a blend of brandy and the herbal French liqueur Bénédictine. For added impact, along with delicate smoky notes, replace Dewar’s 12 with Craigellachie 13 Year Old.

1-1/2 oz Dewar’s 12 Year Old

1/2 oz B&B Liqueur

2 dashes Angostura bitters


Orange Twist

Stir and pour all ingredients together over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with orange twist.




Rob Roy 2.0

Makes: 1 cocktail

Another cocktail classic given an updated twist, this time, with the addition of spiced cocoa-flavored bitters. If unavailable, another bitters with notes of spice or coffee would also work. Aberfeldy 12 is a single malt scotch whisky with nutty, smoky orange and vanilla honey flavors. If unavailable, replace with another favorite whisky.

2 oz Aberfeldy 12

1 oz Martini & Rossi Sweet Vermouth Red

3 dashes Bittercube Corazón Bitters


Lemon Twist

Stir and pour all ingredients together over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with lemon twist.


Simply put, ‘whisky’ without the ‘e’ denotes Scotch whisky and Canadian-made whisky while ‘whiskey’ with an ‘e’ refers to American-made whiskey and also Irish whiskey. While other aspects can also come into play, including the type of grain used, that topic is to be delved into another time. 

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