Curtis McMillan
The views expressed in db Reader do not represent the views of the drinks business.

Ballentine

31st January, 2013 by Curtis McMillan

I don’t feel very good about my first cocktail and feel I need to take another swing at this.

Ballentines ingredients

I’m very new to the whole Sherry world. I was not very worried about the taste, but felt it may be more winey than most cocktails. I know that the vermouth and the Sherry need to sidecar to the Scotch, but keeping it all around three ounces has made that a little hard. I don’t feel very good about my first cocktail and feel I need to take another swing at this. I’m going to remake it with new proportions and see if it works better.

(A few minutes later)
Well that didn’t help. If you cut back the Sherry and vermouth and up the Scotch you will find the Scotch starts to overpower the Sherry and vermouth. In the end it just tastes a little off no matter how you swing at it. I would have loved to seen a little more orange in this drink.

barbadillo_amontillado_sherryOriginal recipe
1/2 Scotch
2 dashes Sherry
2 dashes Italian Vermouth
Dash Orange Bitters

My first try on the recipe
One ounce Balvenie 15
One ounce Barbadillo amontillado sherry
One ounce sweet Italian vermouth
1 dash Regans’ Orange Bitters

My second try on the recipe
One and half ounce Balvenie 15
Quarter ounce Barbadillo amontillado sherry
Quarter ounce sweet Italian vermouth
One dash Regans’ Orange Bitters
Add all ingredients to a glass with ice, and stir with the bar spoon. Use your julep strainer and strain into your chilled cocktail glass.

Taste
The first recipe tasted like Scotch almond milk. I was shocked how off-putting it was due to the fact that Sherry on its own is not that bad. I feel something about the Sherry made the vermouth stand out. I got very little orange bitters in this drink. The second recipe tasted just like a smooth Scotch. I would be more inclined to guess the second recipe is closer to the original. I can’t wait until I get to the cocktails with juice. I hope I can make it just a few weeks longer.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletters

Job vacancies

Staff Writer – The Drinks Business

The Drinks Business
London, UK

On-Trade Regional Sales Manager

Anthony Byrne Fine Wines
London and the South East, UK

Commercial Director

The Drinks Business Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Key Accounts Manager - Impulse Channel

Australian Vintage Limited
Croydon, Greater London, United Kingdom, UK

Sales Support Assistant

H2Vin Ltd
London, UK

Sales Administrator

Les Caves de Pyrène
Guildford, Surrey

Sales Order Processor

Amathus Drinks
Park Royal, London NW10, UK

Sales Executive (London – Craft Spirits)

Bimber Distillery
London, UK

Events & PR Co-ordinator

Alliance Wine
London, UK

Partner Development Manager - That Boutique-y Gin Company

That Boutique-y Gin Company
Field Based, UK

Head of Merchant Sales

Grapevine the Wineservice Company
Cumbria, UK

Business Development Manager – Central London

Marussia Beverages UK Ltd
Field based – London, UK

Account Manager – Premium Restaurants, London

Kingfisher Beer Europe Ltd
London (Central), UK

Field Sales Representative - Beer Innovation

Elastic
Various locations, UK

Events Executive

The Drinks Business
London, UK

The Global Beer Masters 2017

Deadline : 1st August 2017

Champagne Masters 2017

Deadline : 4th August 2017

Global Chardonnay Masters 2017

Deadline : 10th August 2017

The Global Riesling Masters 2017

Deadline : 10th August 2017

Click to view more

The Global Organic Masters 2017

The drinks business is thrilled to announce the launch of The Global Organic Masters

The Drinks Business Awards 2017

Now in its 15th year, the db awards have become the most authoritative, internationally respected badge of achievement in the alcoholic drinks industry.

The Asian Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2017

the drinks business Hong Kong announces its first year of The Asian Cabernet Sauvignon Masters.

Rioja Masters 2016

Now in its fifth year, the competition will recognise and reward the finest Riojas on the world stage.

Click to view more