Friday, October 18, 2013

Cocktail du jour: The Macallan Clincher

Of the three cocktails we had this week, two were not blog worthy. I'm not sure if it's the changing season or my changing tastebuds, but I wasn't a fan of the vodka martini Mr. C&G made. The neutral taste was just too bland, especially after a few weeks of whisky and bourbon drinks.

The cocktail that made the cut was created by prolific cocktailer Gary Regan back in 2000 for Glenkinchie Distilleries, called the Glenkinchie Clincher. It comes from his indispensable book The Joy of Mixology, just one of many sitting on the C&G shelves. Glenkinchie is a popular Lowland malt, light in taste and color and one of the standard bottles you'll find behind any bar. Except ours, so a Macallan 12 year makes a good substitute.

Our bottle of Macallan is super-sized, a 1.75 litre duty free special, so it dwarfed everything in my photo. Rest assured that is not a shot glass sized cocktail on the C&G bar. The Macallan Clincher has a nice bit of sweetness with the addition of the Amaretto and just a hint of orange from the Cointreau. A well balanced cocktail to end an autumn day.

The Macallan Clincher
2 oz single malt whisky
1/2 oz Amaretto di Saronno
1/2 oz Cointreau
Stir together in a shaker filled with ice
Strain into a cocktail glass or chilled martini glass


  1. You two do proper cocktail hour, I'm quite envious, ours is a haphazard affair - still more than welcome of course!

    1. We have to, Mr. C&G works from home so it's the only way to signal the end of the work day. I text him from the kitchen around 5:00, because I'm far too lazy to venture to his office.