Scotch deserves a place on any refined bar cart, but for decades conventional wisdom (and high price point) has kept those Scottish bottles securely reserved for straight spirits drinkers. If you weren’t having it neat or on the rocks, they’d say, then you were wasting good whiskey. Fortunately, those days are past us now, with educated drinkers and top tastemakers increasing reaching for bottles from Islay and Speyside to doctor up delicious cocktails. Want to get in on the game? Here are some of the tastiest, most sophisticate cocktails to make with scotch.
1 oz Laphroaig 10 year old scotch
1 oz Pierre Ferrand 1840 cognac
.25 oz Cocchi vermouth
.25 oz Chareau aloe liqueur
.25 oz Nardini Amaro
Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass, stir, and strain. Garnish with a cucumber ball on a bamboo pick.
By Amir Babayoff for Ophelia, NYC