This time of year, in many places, it’s easy to feel, well, cold. And sometimes, it helps to at least have the illusion of warmer climes: sunny skies, sand between your toes, a beckoning beach.
Thankfully, the good folks at The Famous Grouse know the feeling. Which is why they brought Josh Mazza, proprietor of Upper East Side drinkery The Gilroy, by our offices last week. This Aussie ace was only to happy to whip up several glasses of the Mirage, a smooth, charming variation on the Blood and Sand. Featuring The Black Grouse (a smoky blended Scotch), plus Italian vermouth, cherry brandy and blood orange juice, it proved to be just the tonic on a blustery December afternoon.
Best part is, it’s pretty easy to whip up yourself. Learn how—and score a handy home bartending tip—in the video below. We dare you to watch it and not feel just a little toastier…
3/4 oz. The Black Grouse
3/4 oz. Barolo Chinato
3/4 oz. Cherry Heering
3/4 oz. Blood Orange Juice
Shake all ingredients together over ice and serve up. Garnish with a dehydrated blood orange wheel.