The four seasons of whisky: Summer

Fancy illustrating the season in your cooking and your choice of whisky? Let me take you through the four seasons with some easy nibbles, savoury and sweet. Time to think of Summer now.

Ripe and juicy fruit, colourful vegetables, intense flavours, juicy textures, the summer dishes bring sunshine in your plate. They will pair with full-bodied whiskies which express a warm and cheerful character. Invite the yellow, the red and the orange to the garden party!

Carrot salad

Serves 4

You will need:
2 carrots
1 small orange
1 tsp grated coconut
1 tbsp olive oil
a pinch of salt and pepper
1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander

Grate the carrots and a bit of the orange peel (1tsp). Mix, add the juice of the orange, the olive oil, the grated coconut, salt and pepper. Mix, divide into small glasses. Add the coriander.

Tomato and chicken brochettes

You will need:
8 cubes of chicken breast
4 cherry tomatoes
4 basil leaves
1 tbsp almond powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper

Marinade the chicken cubes in lemon juice with salt and pepper for 15 min. Warm a pan with olive oil. Sprinkle the almond powder on the chicken cubes and cook them in the pan until golden brown. Pick one cube on a wooden stick with a basil leaf and a cherry tomato.

You can serve a chili sauce to dip the chicken in.

Mini crèmes brûlées

You will need:
2 yolks
20 g caster sugar
20 cl single cream
3 tbsp brown sugar

Mix the yolks and the sugar until you get a creamy texture, add the cream. Pour in small china dishes and cook 10 min in the oven at 130°C (Th. 4/5). When cool, sprinkle with brown sugar and caramelize under the grill.

Whisky pairing

Fruit is the key. The summertime dram is fresh but full-bodied. Intensely fragrant, it reveals a fruity profile, enhanced by a festoon of soft spices. Red fruit or sweet juicy pears, or melon, all notes which have encapsulated sunshine!

The Laddie Ten, Clynelish 14 Years Old, The Glenrothes 1991, Glenlivet Nadurra, Oban 14Years Old,  Cragganmore 12 Years Old, The Singleton of Dufftown, they all have this summery character.

Summer Nibbles

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