Buttery Bird Cocktail: Toffee Apple in a Glass
Sometimes it’s easy to decide what cocktail I want to mix up because I’m in the mood for something specific. Other times I want to try my latest liqueur purchase. Occasionally I don’t have a clue what I fancy, but I know I want something. Such was the case with this cocktail. All I knew was that I had some apple juice that needed using up and it was one of those rare occasions that I didn’t want gin.
Along side the numerous cocktail books on my shelf, I also have an app on my phone that allows me to search by ingredient and glass type. It has given me a lot of very good drinks, but there are also some that read like someone has just emptied the drinks cupboard into a bowl, sloshed in their glass and exclaimed rather loudly “Szatsh rarthur niish. Cheeeeersh!” then toppled over sideways. Whatever works I guess.
On this occasion I put “apple juice” and set the glass type to “long drink” and scrolled through the 139 results that I got until I stumbled across the Buttery Bird. Not only did it perfectly use up the apple juice, but it also had a fun-size measure of butterscotch liqueur in that I had bought on offer and not found much to use it in, probably because I’m not usually one for sweet cocktails. The final ingredient was blended scotch (I chose Whyte & Mackay)- and that sealed the deal for me.
As is often the case, I adjusted the proportions slightly according to my taste; I upped the whisky measure a little to balance the sweetness of the butterscotch and apple juice. What came out of the shaker was a cheeky little toffee apple number with the perfect blend of sweet and dryness.
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BUTTERY BIRD COCKTAIL RECIPE
1 measure Butterscotch liqueur
2 measures Blended Scotch Whisky
5 measures apple juice
Shake the butterscotch and whisky over plenty of ice. Strain into an ice filled Collins glass and top up with apple juice. Stir well and enjoy the toffee apple flavours.