No fail, whisky cocktail – Grain Whisky

In this edition of No fail, whisky cocktail, we introduce you to an incredible type of whisky called Grain Whisky. A grain whisky is a whisky made with grains other than the normally used malted barley. A distillery may use maize/corn, wheat or rye. You will probably find some malted barley within its ingredients as it provides enzymes needed for mashing. In Ireland and Scotland, malted barley is required to be included during its production.

You may say that grain whisky is the opposite of malt whisky. Malt whisky is a whisky made only with malted barley.Normally the American or the Canadian whiskies are grain whiskies.

In order to proceed with our incredible whisky cocktails, we will introduce you to a very famous and fantastic grain whisky called, Teeling Single Grain Whiskey.

Teeling Whiskey

In 1920, in Dublin, Ireland, the two biggest distilleries called George Roe’s Thomas Street operation and William Jameson & Co.’s Marrowbone Lane had disappeared. For 40 years, no one was distilling whisky by the banks of the River Liffey.

After 40 years, Stephen and Jack Teeling, sons’ of John Teeling woke its spirit again. The family had been working with whisky since 1782, which meant that they were able to create some superb mature whiskeys.

In 2013, the company released the Teeling’s Single Grain Whiskey, which had been matured in Californian Cabernet Sauvignon wine barrels giving it a spicy and fruity flavour. It has some incredible sweet notes of cinnamon and toffee with a hint of mixed herbs and wine.

This distillery has been pushing boundaries of Irish whiskey since it was reborn, with their well-defined confines of age-old traditions.


Teeling Single Grain Whiskey Cocktails


The Dapper’Tini has a twist that is not expected in whiskey cocktails. The use of Dark Créme de Cacao. Although it is just a hint, this will pair beautifully with the Teeling Single Grain Whiskey as the sweetness and fruity notes will blend perfectly.

  • 2 oz. Teeling Single Grain Whiskey (or any grain of your preference)
  • 2 oz. Dark Créme De Cacao
  • 7 oz. lemon juice
  • Lemon twist for garnish

Fill a shaker with ice and add all the ingredients. Give them a good shake and make sure the mix is well chilled. Strain the drink using a hawthorn strainer into a martini glass and add the lemon twist as a garnish.

Rose Fizz

This is a delicate yet enjoyable cocktail. The flavours will uncover as you take your sips with the sugar and the rose water merging with the champagne and the whiskey as you pour over the glass to drink. You will find this to be a mix of incredible surprises with a fruity and sweet taste to celebrate all night long.

  • 1 oz. Teeling Single Grain Whiskey (or any grain of your preference)
  • 1 drops of Rose Water
  • 1 piece of white sugar cube
  • 2 oz. Brut Champagne
  • Zest of Grapefruit
  • Twist of grapefruit for garnish

Drop the white sugar cube into the base of a champagne flute. Now add the 2 drops of rose water into the glass in order to soak the sugar cube. Add the Teeling Single Grain Whiskey, covering the sugar cube. Top up the glass with brut champagne. Make sure you tilt the glass at 45 degrees when pouring in order to prevent the champagne from frothing over. Garnish with the zest of grapefruit and the twist of grapefruit and enjoy!

These are the perfect recipes to celebrate any occasion. Easy to make, delicious and fun, these two recipes will definitely make it all worth it.

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