Our favourite drink from Aberdeen

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After we explored the beautiful Scottish countryside we ended up at a local hotel in Dufftown called “The Copper Dog”, where we visited the hotel bar for a casual drink. And like I mentioned before, Skye is a hopeless whisky drinker. I, on the other hand like my Scotch, so the hunt began to find something for Skye to drink. Mark offered his expertise, and having just returned from a 5-year bartender adventure in- and around England, Mark had his drinks down to a T.

This isn’t Disneyworld Scotland – There’s actual places really looking like this!

This was actually really exciting because Mark allowed us to make the drink by ourselves and while we were preparing the drinks, he told us all about the ingredients and the story behind the specific drink we were mixing. Believe it or not, but Skye ended up trying some of my Old Fashioned and she actually enjoyed it, so not only did she go from not-liking-Whisky-at-all to actually finishing an whole Old Fashioned, she also did it with a big fat grin on her face, and all it took was two extensive trips to some of the best distilleries in the world. Easy…


As I mentioned before this cocktail is an excellent way to get into Whisky because the dilution makes it a bit of a softer drink, especially when its made with Bourbon. After the “Mark experience” though, we’ve grown to prefer it with Glenfiddich Single Malt. It takes quite some time to effectively prepare an Old Fashioned, but trust me when I say it is worth the wait.

The recipe is really easy as well, since all you need is…

– 6cl Glenfiddich single malt scotch whisky
– 1-2 brown sugar cubes
– Angostura bitters
– A splash of soda water
– Orange zest
– some patience

So you start of with soaking your sugar cube with angostura bitters and then muddling it with soda until everything is mixed together. Then you add 1-2 ice cubes to the blend together with 2cl of whisky and stir it with your barspoon for about 20 stirs and then add 2cl more. give it 20 more stirs, and repeat until you have a total of 6cl. Then take your orange zest and squeeze in the oil and then use the zest as garnish.

And there you have it! And Old-fashioned made with Scotch – We hope you are going to enjoy this cocktail just as much as we did!

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