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'There is no right way of drinking whisky'

Joe Petch, the Monkey Shoulder brand ambassador, is open to experimenting with malt. And has some exotic recipes to share…

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Updated: Sep 22, 2017, 12.17 PM IST
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Petch, who studied art and photography also, took a year off after school to find his calling.
Petch, who studied art and photography also, took a year off after school to find his calling.
Like all Britishers, Joe Petch first tried whisky when he poured himself something from his dad's bar at home. And like all teenagers, he didn't like it much or think of it much. He found it too strong for his taste.

15 years on, Petch's opinion of whisky stands revised. A career in bartending brought him closer to the spirit. It also made him realise that not all whiskies taste the same, and there are some variations.

Petch, who studied art and photography also, took a year off after school to find his calling. And he found it while whipping up delicious cocktails across bars in the UK. And he developed a musky, smoky taste for the drinking palate without undergoing any formal training.

Ask him about it, and he plays it down, smiling. "Working in a bar taught me how to manage hospitality and social interaction. It also gave me lessons on how to make exotic drinks while keeping the conversation going."

And it is this free-spirited and relaxed attitude that has helped him being Monkey Shoulder's brand ambassador. Open to 'experimenting' and 'spicing it up', Petch is clear that there are no rules when it comes to drinking whisky.

"I don't like telling people what to drink. If it tastes nice, there is no wrong way, and that's the same with whisky," he says, as he shows the bartender at Rick's in Taj Mansingh how to concoct a Lazy Old Fashioned, away from the traditional formula.

Here are two popular Monkey Shoulder drinks that Joe Petch suggests you can make anywhere:

Lazy Old Fashioned

Ingredients
Monkey Shoulder: 60 ml
Sugar syrup: 8 ml
Angostura bitters: 2 dashes

'There is no right way of drinking whisky'

Method
- Add all ingredients to mixing glass.
- Add ice and stir.
- Once it is diluted, strain into glass
- Twist orange peel over glass for garnishing.
- Serve in an old fashioned glass

Monkey Shoulder Mamie Taylor

Ingredients
Monkey Shoulder: 50 ml
Ginger ale: 80 ml
Lime wedge: 1

'There is no right way of drinking whisky'

Method
- Fill long glass with ice.
- Add ingredients into glass and gently stir.
- Garnish with lime wedge
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