Show me the way to the next whiskey bar declares writer, Alice Lindley
In the world of cocktails and-late night tipples, whiskey is making an appearance amongst the younger, social crowd. Although it’s never been out of fashion per se, it’s the younger crowd who are finally cottoning on and enjoying whiskey-based cocktails.
According to Ryan, the general manager of Nant Whisky Cellar & Bar, the bar’s take on the espresso martini is the cocktail du jour. Whiskey is filtered through cold-pressed coffee, shaken over ice with xxx and served in a martini glass.
The classic whiskey cocktails, like the Old Fashioned and the Manhattan, are still favourites amongst the men, however the ladies are tending toward the ‘Mill Pond’, says Ryan, a cocktail featuring Nant Port Wood, TMD Blackcurrant Liqueur, mixed berries and cranberry juice.
Nikki Burke, marketing manager of whiskey at Diageo Australia, names the return in classic cocktails as one of the factors driving the whiskey-drinking trend. “The resurgence of “Americana Cool” and the popularity of TV series such as Mad Men have seen a return to classic drinks such as the Whiskey Sour, Manhattan, Sazerac and Mint Julep.”
This return to drinking classic cocktails “has resulted in a revival of rye whisky which is exciting whiskey enthusiasts in the trade. Rye brings a spicier, more assertive flavour to drinks, and bartenders around the world are embracing the trend”, says Burke. This trend is nothing to sneeze at. According to the Distilled Industry Spirits in the USA, rye sales went up more than 50% in 2012.
Lets tip our hats to Don Draper in that case, pour ourselves a single malt and get back to work.