Mixologist Tony Conigiaro Pays Tribute To Chivas 18

Tony Conigliaro

To mark the prestigious collaboration Chivas 18 by Pininfarina, leading mixologist Tony Conigliaro has fittingly crafted a series of cocktails, which marry the influences of Italy and Scotland .

Widely recognised as the world’s foremost maverick in creating drinks, Tony Conigliaro has taken a series of classic cocktails and ingredients, inspired by his own Italian heritage, to create four Chivas 18 drinks which stimulate the senses and ensure every taste of these interpretations is a new experience.

Chivas 18 by Pininfarina is an aerodynamic limited edition design ‘The Drop’, inspired by air and liquid, which has taken the form of three expressions, uniting both houses in their ongoing quest for beauty, harmony and, ultimately, pleasure.

Both Chivas and Pininfarina share a rich heritage in crafting rewarding and stimulating experiences in luxury. Pininfarina has been a crusader in Italian design and engineering since 1930, Chivas Regal is the original luxury whisky blend, established in 1909. Tony Conigliaro’s career has seen him continually work to break boundaries surrounding the drinking experience and expand upon the idea of what a cocktail can be, using bespoke ingredients.

The cocktails that follow are designed to be re-created at home and have been carefully crafted to be as stimulating to the eye and nose as the palate – enjoy!

Camomile Sour
Camomile Sour

CHIVAS CHAMOMILE SOUR

The Italians have a strong affinity with Chamomile, a floral herb they grow up with. Here, Chamomile adopts a very adult, sophisticated guise, infusing Chivas 18 in a delicious variation of the classic whisky sour.

Recipe – Per Serving

50ml Chivas 18
25ml Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
25ml Egg White
15ml Chamomile Syrup
3 dash Angostura Bitters

Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker (no ice) and shake. Add ice to the shaker and then hard shake. Strain and serve simply as it is in coupe glassware.

CHIVAS SPARKLING PEACH

The Bellini is very popular in Northern Italy . This new Chivas 18 based interpretation offers complexity and depth.

Recipe – Per Serving
20ml Chivas 18
75ml Fresh Peach Juice
Add Chivas 18 and peach juice to a soda stream bottle and carbonate. Then serve in a champagne flute.

Chivas Rob Roy
Chivas Rob Roy

CHIVAS ROB ROY

Inspired by Scottish folk hero Robert Roy MacGregor, the old school version of the Rob Roy is similar to a Manhattan but Tony’s version also incorporates the very Italian spirit Vermouth.

Recipe – Per Serving
20ml Chivas 18
40ml Chivas Vermouth
2.5ml Maraschino Liqueur luxado
3 dash Angostura Bitters

Add the ingredients to an ice filled cocktail shaker and stir. Serve in a small coupette with a fresh cherry to garnish.

CHIVAS ARMY & NAVY

Tony has taken inspiration from the classic gin cocktail and substituted gin with Chivas 18.

The first Army & Navy recipe found by Tony is from 1948 so it could have been created in honour of the armed forces and it wasn’t long after the end of WWII. On the other hand, it may just have been created at the Army & Navy Club in Washington .

Recipe – Per Serving
50ml Chivas 18
25ml Lemon Juice (Fresh Squeezed lemon juice)
15ml Cherry Orgeat
Add to a cocktail shaker over ice and shake. Double strain and serve in Coupe glassware,
garnished each time with a lemon twist.

Chivas 18 Year Old is a luxurious blend of whiskies, hand-picked for their exceptional richness, including more than 20 of Scotland ’s rarest single malts, aged for a minimum of 18 years.

Chivas 18 Year Old by Pininfarina is available globally now. See chivas.com for details.

New Look Packaging for Auchentoshan 12 Years Old and Auchentoshan Three Wood

Three Wood Bottle Carton copy

This June (2013) Auchentoshan, Scotland’s only triple distilled Single Malt Scotch whisky, will reveal exciting new packaging for its iconic core brands – Auchentoshan Three Wood and 12 Years Old. The refresh, which takes inspiration from the hugely successful travel retail range launched in 2012, will highlight Auchentoshan’s premium qualities and increase stand out on shelf. The new pack will also educate the consumer about Auchentoshan’s unique triple distillation process, wood maturation and tasting notes.

All three sides of the pack are maximised in the new design and illustrations are used to bring to life the story of the whisky. Auchentoshan’s premium quality and brand heritage is reflected in the prominence of 1823, the year of the brand’s establishment, and the traditional bronze foiling which highlights the three copper stills used in the distillation process.

The iconic and unique Auchentoshan bottle will not change its shape and will remain the same easy to handle bottle. The expression name will appear on the bottle’s label in white stylised traditional font which stands out clearly against the dark grey background of the label and provides an additional nod to the brand’s heritage.
Jennifer Meenan, Auchentoshan Brand Manager says, “We are delighted with the new pack design and feel it will provide consumers with a greater understanding of how we make our whisky, and most importantly, how it will taste. The introduction of illustrations on pack is new for Auchentoshan and we feel it brings to life the story of this wonderful triple distilled single malt whisky”.

Established in 1823, Auchentoshan triple distils every drop meaning the spirit produced reaches 81.5% ABV, significantly higher than most distilleries in Scotland. The lightness of the liquid enables it to absorb every characteristic it is exposed to in the cask. It is this smooth distillate paired with the carefully selected oak casks that gives Auchentoshan an unmistakably light and fruity flavour.

For more information visit http://www.auchentoshan.co.uk