If you’re an avid reader of WOMAN+, you may have noticed that we’re ramping up our cocktail making game. Following on from our Strawberry Whisky Sour, we’re back with another iteration of the classic sour – but this time, it’s with the beloved blueberry.
As per, we will be using the award-winning blended malt liquor, Naked Malt. Aptly named, it reflects the fact that it is a malt blend that’s been aged in naked first-fill sherry casks. What sets it apart is not only its exquisite taste, but also its commitment to sustainability. Since its rebirth, the bottle is now 100% recyclable, which is something we can all greatly appreciate.
Its tasting profile is sweet with creamy notes of vanilla custard and stewed fruit. But it’s the rich sherry spice finish that will leave you swooning. Up until the 1950’s, sherry casks were readily available in Scotland but since the distribution legislation changed in Spain, these rich and fruity barrels are becoming more and more of a rarity.
As a lover of fine spirits, you can take it from me that Naked Malt is an absolute dark horse of a drop. Made from high-end single malts, the taste is truly spectacular and the price is equally staggering – in a good way. It seems too good to be true that such a great whisky can be purchased at $40-$60 per bottle. Even those with the most discerning palates will be impressed. Let’s not second guess as to how it could possibly be this affordable – let’s just accept it as a golden nugget to keep between us. If by some chance you’re not completely satisfied, well then, I’ll personally refund your taste buds.
Since winter is the time to get the whisky and bourbon out, I highly suggest that you stock up on some bottles of Naked Malt. Creamy, spicy, sweet and smooth, you’ll be able to create cocktails at home that are far better than your local bar.
The perfect accompaniment to the Naked Malt is a little citrus, sweetness and ice. The whisky on its own creates a beautiful blend of flavours that just needs a mere kiss to enjoy its flavours. Like the strawberry whisky sour, we turned to the hot Frenchman Julien Maddalon to craft the perfect recipe.
Blueberry Whisky Sour Recipe
- 45ml Naked Whisky
- 30ml lemon juice
- 15ml Aqa faba
- 20 ml Blueberry syrup
- Long block of ice, blueberry powder and blueberries skewer.
- Add the whisky, lemon juice, aqa faba and syrup into a cocktail shaker.
- Add ice and shake for 10 seconds.
- Double strain into a highball glass full of ice or if you want to get fancy, pop in a long block of ice.
- Add raspberry or blueberry powder (easy to find in the bakery section in the supermarket) and adorn with a blueberry skewer.
You can play around with different flavoured fruit syrups to find out what tickles your fancy the most. All you have to do is stick to the Naked Sour formula of ‘Naked Malt + citrus + sweet + ice.’ With the sweet aspect, you can chop and change this and bring utilize sugar syrup or opt for honey and pair it with ginger or pineapple.