Have you heard the big holiday news? If you need a little something to whet your whistle during the dog days of summer, you’re in luck. According to a Las Vegas Sun report published on July 26, a refreshing holiday is right around the corner and Americans are in the mood to celebrate! Smack dab on the heels of National Tequila Day, it's time to celebrate another favorite spirit. July 27, 2014, is National Scotch Day, an annual beverage holiday that celebrates a popular beverage enjoyed around the world - Scotch whiskey.
Whether you spell it “whiskey” or “whisky,” scotch has been consumed for centuries and was once known for its healing properties. While whisky (or whiskey) can be made anywhere in the world, it must be produced and aged in Scotland for at least three years in order for it to be labeled Scotch.
While the origins of this holiday are unknown, one thing is for certain. Folks all over America will be raising a glass in honor of the annual occasion! Some establishments across the nation will be servin’ up special Scotch deals to celebrate.
National Scotch Day 2014 Events
Anchorman National Scotch Day Celebration - If you’re in the Las Vegas area, you are in for a real treat! The Foundation Room will be celebrating National Scotch Day in a great big way! In fact, infamous news anchor, Ron Burgundy, would even be impressed! Besides offering a slew of Scotch-inspired beverages, the Foundation Room is offering a fashion contest, too. Although beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it’s time to get out that hideous suit you’ve been hiding in the closet. Whether it's an all white ensemble or polyester plaid suit, wear it into the club and you’ll get your first drink on the House. The person with the ugliest suit will win a $500 gift card to STICHED.
National Scotch Day Weekend – The Stave Bar will be celebrating National Scotch Day all weekend long! Stop on by for delish Scotch Flights, three Scotch Cocktails from July 25 – July 27, 2014. Plus, all Scotch will be 20 percent off!
Troy Liquor Bar – If you happen to be in the Big Apple on July 27, stop by the Troy Liquor Bar (formerly 675 Bar) for a tasty Scotch Whisky Julep in honor of National Scotch Day. The special cocktail is made with Glenlivet Scotch, ginger syrup, lemon juice, chunks of pineapple, mint leaves, and soda water, the cocktail is $8.
Morello Bistro – The Morello Bistro sure is in the holiday spirit! They will be servin’ up a fabulous Scotch-inspired cocktail in honor of National Scotch Day. Stop on by and check out their Honey Apple Special Scotch Cocktail, made with Grand Marnier, lemon juice, apple juice, honey and Dewar’s White Label.
And just in case you can't make it to one of the events above, why not whip up a few cocktails in honor of the occasion?
Refreshing Scotch Cocktail Recipes
William Grant & Son's Blood & Sand Cocktail
- 1 part Glenfiddich 15-year-old Scotch Whisky
- 1 part Cherry Herring Liqueur
- 1 part Lillet Rouge (or other Sweet Vermouth)
- 1 part Fresh Orange Juice
- Orange slice
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Stir with ice. Pour over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with an orange half-moon slice. Enjoy!
William Grant & Son's Apple Bellini
- 2 parts Balvenie DoubleWood
- 3 parts fresh, cloudy Fiji apple juice
- 4 parts brut champagne
Combine all ingredients in a flute. Stir gently and serve.
Happy National Scotch Day. And as always, please drink responsibly!