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Cocktail of the Week: The Macallan 12

By Olivia Cuccaro

the macallan 12 years old sherry oak sherried cherry whisky cocktailAs fall takes full effect in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s the perfect time to enjoy a whisky cocktail and toast to the season. Our whisky of choice is The Macallan, with not one but two cocktails to cozy up with this weekend.

While both recipes feature a 12-year-old single malt from the Speyside distillery, The Macallan 12 has two expressions with distinct personalities, posing the question: ‘Whose side are you on?’ To help you decide between The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old and The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 Years Old, the brand has created an augmented reality app experience to give users a look into what makes both whiskies unique.

the macallan 12 years old double cask all american autumn whisky cocktail

The interactive app explores the life of each whisky from acorn to bottle, providing insight into how both expressions are made and how they differ in their end result. Using AR and Microsoft HoloLens technology, users are whisked away to American and European oak forests to discover the origin of the wood and the respective journeys of The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old and The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 Years Old.

“The Macallan is always at the forefront of innovation, tirelessly seeking the best ways to connect with our technologically-savvy audience,” said Raul Gonzalez, VP marketing and business development at The Macallan, in speaking to Elite Traveler. “As we have used virtual reality in the past, using AR for our The Macallan 12 AR Experience app was a natural next step in bringing the two stories of our core 12-year-old expressions to life. It’s an innovative and fun way to have drinkers learn about and enjoy both whiskies.”

See both Cocktail of the Week recipes from The Macallan below.

the macallan 12 years old double cask whisky cocktailAll American Autumn

  • 2 oz The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old
  • 4 oz apple cider
  • .25 oz maple syrup
  • .25 oz lemon juice
  • dash of allspice

To create this cocktail of the week, add The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old and all other ingredients into a shaker. Shake and strain over ice into a collins glass. Garnish with a crab apple.

The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old is aged in 100 percent sherry-seasoned casks and is identified by its American oak style. The whisky features notes of honey, citrus and fresh oak along with traditional Macallan notes of dried fruit, pairing perfectly with classic fall flavors of apple cider and maple syrup. The lightness of the All American Autumn cocktail makes it best as a pre-dinner drink.

the macallan 12 years old sherry oak whisky cocktailThe Sherried Cherry

  • 1 oz The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 Years Old
  • .5 oz tart cherry liqueur
  • .5 oz Amaro Averna liqueur
  • .25 oz Amaro Sfumato

To create this cocktail of the week, add The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 Years Old and all other ingredients together. Stir and strain over ice into a rocks glass.

On the other team, The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 is aged in 100 percent sherry-seasoned oak casks with a contrasting European Oak profile. The whisky features notes of dried fruit, spices, toffee and wood smoke that complement the tart cherry flavors found elsewhere in the recipe. The Sherried Cherry is an ideal cocktail to follow your meal, or even to sip alongside it.

The Macallan AR 12 Experience is available in the iTunes store. For more information on The Macallan 12, please visit themacallan.com.