The Oscars and The Black Grouse

The Oscars are coming soon and our friends up at Glenturret have made some special cocktails to celebrate the Golden Statue. Jim and Nicola will be watching them and can now make the odd cocktail or three to sip during the ceremony and we suggest our readers do the same.


With Oscar night around the corner (26th February 2012), The Black Grouse Blended Scotch whisky has created some cocktails worthy of their own award nominations inspired by the film world’s distinctive characters and the actors that play them.

All of these serves are easy to prepare at home and would make the perfect way to toast this year’s winners.


The smooth-talker

Made with our famously smooth whisky, this serve is named after the legendary George Clooney who is nominated for best actor for his outstanding performance in The Descendants.


· 25ml The Black Grouse

· 1 wedge of orange

· Top with cola


Fill a high ball glass with ice and pour in The Black Grouse. Add a wedge of fresh orange, top with cola and enjoy.

Silence is golden

This cocktail celebrates The Artist, a stylish and elegant movie which brought the glamour of a bygone era to modern cinema audience gaining a nomination for best picture in the process.


· 25ml The Black Grouse

· Freshly pressed apple juice

· A squeeze of fresh pink grapefruit


Pour a measure of The Black Grouse over plenty of ice in a highball glass. Top up with apple juice and add a squeeze of pink grapefruit.


Dragon’s breath

Inspired by the rebellious anti-hero Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, our cocktail reflects Rooney Mara’s fiery performance which sees her as a contender for best actress.


· 25ml The Black Grouse

· 1 wedge fresh lime squeezed

· Ginger beer


Fill a high ball glass with cubed ice and pour over The Black Grouse. Squeeze a wedge of lime over the ice and drop into the glass. Lengthen with ginger beer and serve.

The Black Grouse is available to buy from Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons (RRP £17.50). For further information visit

About The Black Grouse

· It is a blended whisky made from grain and malt whisky.

· It is a unique blend of The Famous Grouse mixed with peated malt whisky to create a rich smoky, peaty blend with the trademark quality and smoothness of The Famous Grouse.

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1 Response

  1. Isabel says:

    I’ll take my 2009 with undiluted Russian/Nordic vodka, thnkas very much. I was contented to stay at home last night, glimpsing a bit of fireworks through the treetops. Cleverly staged to appear to be springing from the top of the Eureka tower.While i don’t expect much intelligent entertainment from the radio these days, the Coodabeens new year’s eve slot was truly woeful. A lot of the time those guys have just stopped trying. Everytime i tuned in they were chuckling at their own limp oneliners or fielding calls from every half-sloshed punter who wanted to spread the love around. New years greetings are fine, but they don’t make for four hours of sparkling radio.Speaking of media quality, as a frustrated radio columnist (can’t get a gig in mainstream print, stopped trying long ago) does anyone know of any good websites/blogs that focus on media, especially radio, critique? l should probably make it my New Year’s resolution to start my own blog but in the meantime i’ve got lots to say (particularly on the Melbourne AM stations) and nowhere to post. Googling suggests the absence of any such outlet, which, when you think about it, is slightly bizarre, given the blogosphere’s preoccupation with popular culture. Perhaps the risk of defammation is a deterrent.But if anyone knows of any remotely relevant sites, i would love to get the lowdown.Oh, and Happy New Year to all especially the dissidents & troublemakers!

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