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Friday 19 September 2014

Mackinnon Punch: A drink for Whisky Month

The MacKinnon Punch
The MacKinnon Punch

Today marks the start of Whisky Month 2014 and to celebrate the month long programme of events taking place in May, Drambuie has created a new whisky cocktail recipe called the MacKinnon Punch.

Drambuie’s whisky cocktail is described as a ‘deliciously refined drink with all the hallmarks of a classic Drambuie cocktail with an added fizz’. 

To create the drink:

Fill a highball glass with ice and pour in 35ml of Drambuie.

Top with soda water

Add two dashes of Angostura Bitters and gently stir.

Finally squeeze in a lemon wedge and place in the drink as a garnish.

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Whisky events, festivals, tours and tastings will spread across Scotland during the month-long, country-wide programme of celebrations.

Whisky Month invites visitors and locals to sample Scotland’s national drink as well as explore both the traditional and contemporary blend of stories, circumstances, provenance and science behind the vast array of marvellous malts. 

Here are a few highlights of May’s Whisky Month programme...

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

1 – 5 May 2014

Various Distilleries, Elgin, Morayshire, IV30 9AW

Held annually during the first long weekend in May, the Festival invites visitors to celebrate Scotland’s national drink through an inventive and wide-ranging programme of whisky-inspired events – some educational, all of them fun.

Whisky Galore

7 – 31 May 2014

Various venues across Scotland

A night of riotous comedy as four hapless but frightfully nice actors in evening dress gather in a 1940s BBC drama studio, where they use their skills, wit, ingenuity and 100 unlikely sound effects and props to recreate the hilarious story of the valiant people of the Island of Todday. It’s WW2 and due to rationing, there is not a drop of whisky to be had. Then the SS Cabinet Minister runs aground and the crew has to abandon the cargo - 50,000 cases of the best quality export whisky!

Spirit of Stirling

10 May 2014

Stirling Highland Hotel, 29 Spittal Street, Stirling, FK8 1DU

Come and experience the best whiskies that Scotland has to offer, with an estimated 200 different whiskies available to taste, we’re sure you’ll find some new favourites. 2014 sees the festival switch to a new venue, the iconic Stirling Highland Hotel in the historic old town in the shadow of Stirling Castle.

Glasgow’s Homecoming Whisky Festival

17 May 2014

The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G2 8DL

Glasgow’s Whisky Festival celebrates Whisky Month with a summer festival in The Arches. Enjoy a wide range of drams from the world’s biggest whisky companies, to the smallest, as part of Homecoming Scotland 2014. Dozens of exhibitors showcasing the best whiskies Scotland can offer, along with drams from around the world, make Glasgow one of the Top Ten Whisky Festivals in the world, according to Unlimted, the official magazine of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

Feis Ile: Islay Malt and Music Festival

23 May – 31 May 2014

Various Venues, Isle of Islay, PA43 7HP

Featuring a variety of concerts, ceilidhs, Gaelic lessons, distillery open days, guided walks and sporting events including golf and bowling. You will receive a warm welcome, kindness, songs, poetry, history, piping, food, classes for Gaelic song and language and more. You will be pleased you came.

For further information visit www.homecomingscotland.com

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