Spicy, citrusy, and lightly sweet—full of zesty notes and herb—and a big kick of cinnamon, this whiskey based cocktail cocoons the alcohol between a vibrant mix of orange and tingling spices. We understand that ordering cocktails is more difficult than it should be, but it’s worth the effort to learn how to define your palate. For us, this zingy spirit sealed the deal this time. Perfect for a cold afternoon, especially during the holidays; it pairs really well with the biting winter wind, as you sit on a balcony, gazing at a sunset.
The Highlander Cocktail is designed for the folks who enjoy a quality read that’s not too serious—and perhaps already have the know-how to adjust their drinks as needed, per their palate. As we stepped into the bar at the Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel, the bar manager, Nilotpal Bhattacharya, was kind enough to take the time to understand our likes and dislikes. So unlike today’s bartenders, who usually make matters worse; by either guiding us towards a drink we’ll allegedly like or hiding what they’re doing like magicians protecting their tricks, as they brush off questions with a stuffy superiority. Nilotpal’s efficient team captured our taste buds just right, in the very first instance.
The first spot on a drink’s ingredient list usually goes to the dominant ingredient, by volume, and flavour. Nilotpal starts with pouring 60ml scotch whiskey, 15ml maple syrup, 1 spoon jaggery syrup, and 15ml brandy in a mixing jar. Once the ingredients are well incorporated, he adds lots of ice, and stirs them together. Finally, the drink iss strained into a whiskey glass with a block of ice, finished with a cinnamon spray. Inspired by local ingredients and Bangalore’s weather, the spirit is garnished with a dehydrated slice of orange, and a cinnamon stick.