Cocktails and Subways: DEWAR’S Highlander Honey

Cocktails and Subways: DEWAR’S Highlander Honey

Cocktails and Subways

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On Wednesday, May 23rd, media and taste-makers alike were invited to try out the new DEWAR’S Blended Scotch Whisky Infused with Natural Flavors.  Typically, I stay away from dark liquor in favor of lighter brands that create a more female friendly, less discriminating cocktail.  I like this new trend among bourbons and whiskey brands that are infusing honey…. it makes for a more appealing label to female consumers like myself.  I know a lot of the true Whiskey-ologist won’t agree with my stance… but *shrugs* thats why brands create multiple products to appeal to a larger consumer base.  The Dewar’s brand is synonymous with being “The Drinking Man’s Scotch”, and the white label is the #1 selling premium blended scotch in the United States.  Founded in 1846 by John Dewar, the Dewar’s brand is one of the largest Scotch whiskey brands in the world.  Their whiskey is created using the Dewar’s double barrel aging process.

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The event theme was geared toward the “Drinking Man.”  In actuality it reminded me of a sexy night in the mountains with a big husky manly man, playing drinking games and cursing at each other as foreplay, j/k lolll.  The atmosphere was very masculine and assertive.  I appreciated that the wait staff were “adults”, and not young rail thin model types.  I love how Team Dewar’s created an enviornment that took us away from New York…. which is hard to ignore in any setting.  I think that Team Dewar definitely carved a moment in time with their “Drinking Man’s Event”   The bar was aglow with candles, bottles of DEWAR’S Highlander Honey, and the DEWAR’S Highlander Honey bee hive was surrounded by Scottish heather plants reminiscent of the Scottish highlands.  It was the subtle touches that made this a stand out event.  Beekeeper, Matt Dilling, mingled with guests and enlightened them with the magic of beekeeping, highlighted the local nature of the Scottish honey used in DEWAR’S Highlander Honey.  He talked extensively about the bee colony, and the behavior and attributes of a Queen Bee.  I politely said, “Thank You” as he continued to flatter me 🙂


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Now let’s skip all of the pleasantries because what you all really want to know is…. what did I really think of it?  In all honesty, it didn’t put hair on my chest, which is a good thing.  You know how some brands are so strong, that you are left grasping for air?  Well… this went down smooth like a trip down memory lane.  It warmed my soul without being too invasive.  I would reach for this when concocting one of my Irish Flu Shots bka a Hot Toddy of sorts. Or maybe we could add this to Egg Nog for a holiday after dinner elixir.  It’s warm notes of Scottish Honey oddly enough remind me of family and togetherness for some reason.  In the future, I might also try this with lemonade.  Andy Gemmell, DEWAR’S Global Brand Ambassador presented a variety of drinks that highlighted DEWAR’S Highlander Honey, which was served on the rocks, neat, in a chilled shot, and with cola, as well as in two cocktails created by Andy himself – the DEWAR’S Honeysuckle Sour and the DEWAR’S Honey Highball.  There are so many possibilities with DEWAR’S Highlander Honey, that I am curious to see what Andy creates in the future.  Below you will find two of the cocktail recipes served during Tuesday’s event.  Like…. can I just say how EPIC the combination of ginger beer, apple juice, and whiskey is together?!  This little mixtures was so deliciously tasty and refreshing, lolll.

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DEWAR’S Honey Apple Highball

1 ½ DEWAR’s Highlander Honey

2 oz pressed apple juice

1 wedge of fresh lime

Top with ginger beer

Garnish: Apple Slice


Build all ingredients in a highball glass and stir;

Garnish with apple slice


DEWAR’S Honeysuckle Sour

1 ½ oz DEWAR’S Highlander Honey

½ oz Cointreau

1 bar spoon sugar syrup

½ oz lemon juice

½ oz orange juice


Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into chilled 5 oz cocktail glass;

Garnish with orange zest



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