This post is really special to me as it’s dedicated to my dad (or Papa as I call him).

With Father’s Day coming up, I have been pondering what I can do for Papa to say thank you for everything he has done for me. He has been there through thick and thin. Always patient and loving as I fumbled my way through life. His wisdom and guidance has always been a source of comfort for me. I consider myself really lucky to have him in life (Yes, I can be really cheesy sometimes!)


Papa loves his whiskey – it’s been his tipple of choice for as long as I can remember. So this year, I decided to create a special drink in his honour in collaboration with The Glenlivet. The timing couldn’t be more perfect as they have just launched the The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve in honour of the uniquely smooth and fruity taste, founder George Smith envisioned in 1824.

The Glenlivet Founders Reserve Whiskey

The Glenlivet Founders Reserve Whiskey 5

I absolutely love that beautiful pale gold colour of this whisky..

Skilful selection of casks enhances the signature fruity flavours of The Glenlivet, while whisky taken from the traditional oak casks is complemented by the selective use of American first-fill casks to give a hint of creamy sweetness. On the nose there are delicate aromas of citrus fruit, while the palate is sweet, with notes of oranges and pears, and hints of toffee apples and candy. The long, creamy, smooth finish makes the Founders Reserve my perfect whisky for my special cocktail for Papa – Founding Father

Founding Father ft. Glenlivet Whiskey 3

The Founding Father is a simple but delicate whisky based cocktail which uses three ingredients to give you a sophisticated drink that you cannot not love. A combination of The Glenlivet Founders Reserve, Ginger Wine and some Spiced Orange Syrup is all you need to create this beauty.

Making a Spiced Orange Syrup is simpler than you think. You will need –

  • 170 grams granulated sugar
  • 255 ml water
  • 1 Orange (you will only need the peel)
  • 1/2 stick cinnamon
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg

Stir together the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Using a potato peeler, peel the skin off the orange avoiding the bitter pith (the white part) and drop it in your sugar syrup. Add the cinnamon stick, cloves and nutmeg and bring to boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes and stir occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Once cool, pour the syrup over a sieve and discard the solids.

Spiced Orange Syrup

Presto! You now have freshly made Spiced Orange Syrup. Store in the fridge in an air tight container and use it over the next two weeks to make yourself a Founding Father or anything else than needs a bit of spiced orange goodness.

To make a Founding Father, start by pouring 50ml of the golden liquid (The Glenlivet Founders Reserve incase you were wondering) into a tumbler and stir with ice.

Glenlivet Whiskey Pouring

Top this up with 25ml Ginger Wine and 15ml of the Spiced Orange Syrup and stir. Add more (or less) syrup to taste.

Spiced Orange Syrup + Glenlivet Whiskey


Told you this was a simple cocktail. The ginger, orange and spices brings out the zesty notes in the whisky while enchancing the pear, apple and toffee notes. It’s delicate, sophisticated and just very special. I know Papa will absolutely love it!

Founding Father ft. Glenlivet Whiskey

Fouding Father ft. Glenlivet Whiskey

This one is for you Papa. #CheersDad

A special thank you to my friend Kevin from Door 74 in Amsterdam who helped me with bringing this cocktail to life. He recently won World Class for Netherland (translation – he knows his booze!) and is currently trying to revive the Whisky Mac, the inspiration for this drink. Make sure you go say hi, if you find yourself in Amsterdam.

Fancy a bottle of The Glenlivet Founders Reserve as a present for gift your dad?

Well I have some good news for you. I am also running a competition in collaboration with the Glenlivet for your chance to win a bottle of The Glenlivet Founders Reserve. You are welcome readers! Make sure you read the T&C’s and enter away.

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[show_hide title=”Terms and Conditions”] 1.The competition is open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding employees and their immediate families of the Promoter, their agents or anyone professionally connected with the administration of this competition. Excludes residents of the Isle of Man and Channel Islands. 2. The competition shall commence on Saturday 18th June 2016 at 12.00 (BST) and close at Thursday 30th June 2016 at 12:00 (BST). All entries received after the closing date will not be entered into the competition draw. 3. To enter the prize draw, all entrants must enter their details to register for the competition through the competition app. Entrants will then be asked to simply follow @TheGlenlivet and retweet “I’ve just entered the @TheGlenlivet competition for a chance to #win on behalf of my dad this #FathersDay #CheersDad”. 4. This Promotion is not sponsored, endorsed, administered by [Twitter or Instagram] nor is [Twitter or Instagram] associated with this Promotion. Any information you disclose during this promotion is disclosed to the Promoter and not to [Twitter or Instagram]. The entrant releases [Twitter or Instagram] for all claims and liabilities arising in respect of the Promotion. 5. No applications from agents, third parties, organised groups or applications automatically generated by computer. No incomplete, illegible or corrupted entries or entries not in accordance with the rules. 6. There is one prize(s) to be won in total. The prize consist of one 70cl bottle of The Glenlivet Founders Reserve. No person may win more than one prize in total in this competition, regardless of the number of entries submitted. No cash alternative is available. Proof of age may be required. 7. The first valid entry drawn at random from all correct entries in the presence of an independent adjudicator shall win the prize. In the event of any dispute the decision of the promoted is final. 8. The winner will be notified via email within 24 hours of the relevant draw, and asked to claim their prize. Prizes remaining unclaimed 28 days after the winner is notified will be forfeited, and the Promoter reserves the right to award that prize to an alternative winner determined in accordance with these rules. 9. All prizes are non-transferable. No cash alternative. In the unlikely event of one the prizes not being available the Promoter reserves the right to offer an alternative or equal or similar value. 10. Responsibility is not accepted for entries lost, damaged or delayed as a result of any network, computer hardware or software failure of any kind. 11. If an act, omission, event or circumstance occurs which us beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter and which prevents the Promoter from complying with these terms and conditions the Promoter will not be liable for any failure to perform or delay in performing its obligation. 12. By entering the Promotion, all entrants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by the terms and conditions and consent to the transfer of their personal data to the Data Controller for the purposes of the administration of this Promotion and any other purposes to which the entrant has consented. All entry instructions form part of the terms and conditions. 13. The Promoter reserves the right to verify the eligibility of entrants. The Promoter may require such information as it considers reasonably necessary for the purpose of verifying the eligibility of an entry and the prize may be withheld until and unless the Promoter (in its sole discretion) is satisfied with the verification. 14. Owing to exceptional circumstances outside its reasonable control and only where circumstances make this unavoidable, the Promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend t promotion or these terms and conditions at any stage but will always endeavour to minimize the effect to participants in order to avoid undue disappointment. 15. Winners may be required to participate in publicity arising from this promotion. For a list of winners’ names and countries please send a stamped addressed envelope to: Cirkle PR (Kinsey PR, Canon House, 27 London End, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire HP9 2HN) within 10 weeks of the closing date. 16. These terms and conditions (whether such disputes or issues are contractual or non-contractual in nature, such as claims in tort, for breach of statute or regulation or otherwise) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law. Entrants hereby irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts to settle any such dispute or issues. Promoter and Data Controller: Pernod Ricard UK, Building 12 Chiswick Park 566 Chiswick High Road London W4 5AN (Please do not send entries to this address) [/show_hide] Founding Father ft. Glenlivet Whiskey 4

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads in the world. If you are looking for a last minute Father’s Day present, The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve makes for a truly special gift to remember. I am sure he will love you for it. The Glenlivet, Founder’s Reserve is available RRP £34.15 at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Morrisons, ASDA and all specialist retailers.

Let me know if you decide to whip out the Founding Father at your next party.

This post is bought to you in collaboration with The Glenlivet but all opinions are my own (as usual).