*Ideally, the honey used should be heather honey for an authentic Scottish experience. However, use Manuka honey or amber-coloured honey if unavailable.
*Any whisky can be used according to preference. However, it’s not necessary to use a vintage or very expensive whisky; save that for enjoying in a glass. Look for an 8- to 12-year-old Scotch or blended whisky that has notes of fruits, vanilla, and/or honey. Though some may enjoy it, for a wider appeal, avoid heavily peated or smoky Scotch as this may overpower the sweet and tart flavours of the cranberries and cream.
*If serving to children or guests who should not consume alcohol, omit Scotch/whisky and replace with 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract and/or a tablespoon of honey.
*To ensure a gluten-free dessert, look for steel-cut oats that have gluten-free on their label. Virtually all whiskies are gluten-free.
*Place bowl and whisk attachment into the freezer for at least 15 minutes before whipping the heavy cream; this will help the cream whip up more quickly.
*Assembly of the dessert is best done just before serving, or at most, 15 minutes in advance. Alternatively, guests can assemble the dessert themselves. Have dessert glasses or bowls on hand. Place the dessert's components in separate bowls, allowing guests a DIY experience.
*If there are any leftover oats, store them in an airtight container at room temperature. Sprinkle on ice cream or over fresh fruit, stir into yogurt, or add to hot oatmeal for texture and crunch.
*To make this dessert a Canadian Cranachan, substitute a local honey or pure maple syrup for the heather honey and use Canadian whisky.
*The cranberries and the toasted oats can be made in advance for easy preparation. Store cranberries in an airtight container in the fridge. Store toasted oats in an airtight container at room temperature.
*Redpath® Golden Yellow Sugar can successfully be used in place of the Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar. Note that the resulting dessert will be slightly paler in colour, and the caramel notes will be less pronounced.