Islay Martini

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In honour of World Whisky Day, today’s post is influenced by a drink I’ve only ever heard referred to as a Paisley Martini.  The name now conjures up images of the distinctive teardrop pattern, and may sound vaguely threatening to those familiar with the corridors of Paisley Sheriff Court, but in fact pays tribute to a town with proud distilling credentials.

Paisley was once the home of William Grant & Sons, and remains the home of Chivas Brothers, both big names in the world of blended whisky.  But seeing as my favourite whiskies all hail from Islay, and the name Paisley Martini now brings to mind an association with a certain kiss from the nearest city, I have decided to re-dedicate this drink in honour of the wee island that is home to eight distinguished distilleries – and what better occasion to choose than the first World Whisky Day?

World Whisky Day was the creation of Blair Bowman, a student at the University of Aberdeen who spotted a gap in the social calendar and dreams of making “a day for people across the world to thank those who work in the global whisky industry” a permanent fixture.

However you prefer your whisky – with or without the ‘e’ and from Paisley or Islay, tonight is the night to enjoy a dram or perhaps a more exotic whisky concoction, and what better way to experiment than to introduce the classic cocktail to the classic distilled liquor?

  1. Rinse a martini glass with a barspoon of whisky.  Fill with ice and leave to chill.
  2. Stir three parts gin and one part dry vermouth (or your own preferred Martini ratio) with cubed ice for sixty seconds.
  3. Strain into your ice cold coupe glass.
  4. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel.

As an alternative, you can forgo the whisky rinse and instead add a spritz to the surface of the finished drink with your pocket atomiser.  You do have one, right?

Sláinte!

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