Rock the Holidays with these cocktails
Shine with Chivas Regal, one of the most popular premium whiskies in the world.
The holiday season gives us a great excuse to try new cocktails. Spending time with our loved ones is the most important aspect of this celebration. However, when the emphasis is on the food and drinks served, we recommend these two easy to mix cocktails. Enjoy them as an aperitif, and keep discovering new ways of savouring Chivas 18, a whisky loved by all.
Chivas 18 Sour
Created towards the end of the 19th Century as a drink to help reduce the distance between the traditional cocktails with high alcohol content, and the newly popular ones created with more sophisticated liquors.
Elliott Stubb was the creator of the Whisky Sour recipe. Elliott, an English steward on a commercial liner, used to dream about one day opening his own bar. His ship docked at the Port of Iquique in Chile, on a very hot day, and Elliott went on deck. Whilst admiring the views, he decided that the Chilean port was to be the setting for his dreams.
After spending some months there, Elliott opened his own bar and created hundreds of new and different recipes. His bar boasted a great cocktail list. As part of his experimenting, he mixed whisky and lemon juice. Elliott did not dislike the mix, and named it ‘Sour’. Afterwards, he decided to add sugar to the recipe, in an attempt to dilute and refine the sour taste. The result is what we today call a ‘Whisky Sour’. If you want to surprise your friends, even more, you can retell this story while they enjoy the cocktail. This is an ideal aperitif to be enjoyed before dinner.
• 2 parts Chivas Regal
• 1 part freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 1 part simple syrup
• 0.5 oz egg white
How to mix it
1. Pour Chivas Regal 18 in a shaker.
2. Add simple syrup
3. Squeeze the lemon, and add the juice
4. Add the egg white, and mix.
5. Finally, add ice, and shake.
Chivas 18 Collins
This is a real cocktail icon. It will be impossible to disappoint your friends if you serve them a Collins before Christmas dinner. The Collins is a classic drink that has been served since the 1820s.
It is believed to have been first created in London, by a headwaiter named Collins, who at the time worked at Limmer's Old House. This was a well-known hotel in Conduit Street, in fashionable Mayfair, London. Not much longer after being created, the original recipe reached New York and was then adapted to the American taste.
• 2 slices of green apple
• 50 ml Chivas Regal 18
• 50 ml simple syrup, and 50 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 50 ml carbonated mineral water
• 1 slice of lemon
How to mix it
1. Place the apple slices at the bottom of the glass, and pour the Chivas 18 on top. Leave to rest for a few minutes.
2. Fill the glass with large ice cubes. Then slowly pour in the syrup and lemon juice, then stir.
3. Fill the rest of the glass with soda.
4. Garnish with a slice of lemon or lime, and serve with a straw.