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A series of summer recipes with Glen Moray whisky

Whisky isn't just for winter, and neither is it just for drinking. These summer recipes show a different side to Glen Moray single malt whisky

Summer recipes with Glen Moray whisky

Whisky is often associated with colder climes, log fires and the festive season. But tastes are starting to change!

Good single malt whisky is a really versatile spirit and its sweet, malty notes are perfect for making a whole host of mouth-watering drinks and dishes in the warmer weather.

From delicious summer punches to sip in the garden to spicy steak sauces to sizzle on a barbecue – there are so many different ways to enjoy it, whether that’s for outdoor gatherings with friends or sipping solo in the sunshine.

This season, Glen Moray has teamed up with some food and drink heavy weights like Neil Ridley, Joel Harrison and Ben Tish to reveal why whisky is the perfect spirit to get creative with at this time of year.

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Neil and Joel’s Glen Moray Sunshine Punch

A fresh, fruity and thirst-quenching juice for warm summer days, with a twist form Glen Moray whisky

Summer recipes with Glen Moray whisky: sunshine punch

Makes 10

Preparation time 120 mins

"When the sun is out and the living is easy, it's tempting to stick with the usual suspects such as white spirits, beers and wine. However with so many amazing seasonal ingredients on offer that pair really well with whisky, we believe that it's time to start experimenting!" say Neil and Joe. "Whisky is incredibly versatile and lends itself to fresh, fruity cocktails, sharing punches and spritzers. Glen Moray Elgin Classic is ideal if you are looking for a mixable, well-priced single malt to experiment with."

"This summer especially people are thinking more about al fresco entertaining at home, so we've created our sunshine punch with this in mind. Made in advance to allow the mixture to fully infuse for the tastiest experience, this punch is perfect for sharing with friends as you soak up the sun. The rich, malty notes of Glen Moray combine beautifully with the ripe citrus ingredients and the sweet flavours of honey and fresh vanilla."

Ingredients

  • 375ml Glen Moray Elgin Classic
  • 1 fresh vanilla pod, split
  • The zest of one fresh lemon
  • Zest of half an orange
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 5 dashes cocktail bitters (optional)
  • 1 small piece of fresh ginger, chopped
  • 1 small apple, sliced
  • 350ml chilled green tea

Method

  1. Add all the ingredients to a large bowl. Stir and allow to steep for a few hours or overnight.
  2. Strain using a small sieve and store in the fridge until needed.
  3. Serve over ice in a short tumbler, with a slice of orange. 

Ben Tish's barbecue sauce with Glen Moray whisky

Glen Moray whisky adds depth to this simple recipe for barbecue sauce from vaunted chef Ben Tish

Summer recipes with Glen Moray whisky: barbecue sauce

Cooking time 60 mins

Summer is also barbecue season and with National BBQ week looming (July 5th – 18th) there’s no better time than the present to up your grill game. The Stafford Collection’s Culinary Director and cookery book author Ben Tish has worked with Glen Moray to create a very special sauce for home barbecue enthusiasts this year.

"The bold flavours in whisky are a great match for grilled meats, fish and vegetables," says Ben. "They work incredibly well in marinades and sauces. It might sound a surprising match but it really works and adds something quite special to the flavours of your finished barbecue dishes. I've created a rich, tangy sauce with a tasty whisky kick that's so easy to make. You can use it to marinade steaks, baste on meats and veggies or slather on a burger before topping with cheese. Make the sauce well in advance to boost these incredible flavours."

Ingredients

  • 250ml red wine vinegar
  • 75 dark brown sugar
  • 75ml Glen Moray Elgin Classic
  • 75ml cola
  • 250ml tomato ketchup
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 200ml beef or chicken stock (homemade or bought in, fresh is best)
  • Sea salt and pepper

Method

  1. Place a large pan over a high heat and pour in the vinegar. Bring to the boil and then turn to a simmer and reduce by half.
  2. Add the sugar, whisky, cola, ketchup, Worcester sauce and cinnamon. Bring to a simmer and then add the stock.
  3. Again, bring to the boil and then simmer for 30-40 minutes until rich and thick.
  4. Season and leave to rest for at least a couple of hours before using, and make sure to remove and discard the cinnamon stick.

Ben Tish's strawberry daiquiri granita with Glen Moray whisky

Seasonal, sweet and oh-so-simple, this recipe for strawberry daiquiri granita with Glen Moray whisky puts a fun spin on a summer dessert

Glenn Moray strawberry daiquiri granita

Serves 4

Preparation time 5 mins

Cooking time 10

And for dessert… Strawberries are the ultimate summer ingredient, whether grown in your garden or picked up from your local supermarket. So for those with a sweet tooth, Ben's turned seasonal, summery strawberries into a refreshing and vibrant strawberry daiquiri granita iced cocktail dessert with a lovely Glen Moray hit. The recipe is best made in advance and kept in the freezer ready to scrape and scoop into ice cold glasses.

Ingredients

  • 650g fresh ripe strawberries, hulled, plus extra for garnish
  • 50ml runny honey
  • 250ml Glen Moray Elgin Classic
  • ½ bunch fresh mint
  • Juice of 2 fresh limes

Method

  1. Boil the honey with 200ml of water and the lime juice for 3-4 minutes to create a very light syrup.
  2. Place the strawberries in a blender, pour over the lime-honey syrup, add half the mint and blitz for a few minutes until very smooth.
  3. Pass through a sieve into a freezer proof container and stir in the whisky.
  4. Place in the freezer, covered, for 3-4 hours scraping every hour or so with a fork to create a snow-like consistency.
  5. To serve, spoon the granita into ice cold glasses, top with fresh mint sprigs and some very thinly sliced strawberries. 
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