[Photographs: Elana Lepkowski, Vicky Wasik, Wes Rowe]
Scotch is not the most typical spirit for cocktails—with a mixture of peaty, smoky, and malty flavors, it may be tough to pair with different substances. Add to that the excessive price ticket of an excellent single malt and it is no marvel that most individuals select to drink their Scotch with nothing greater than a bit of water. However with substances that complement the whisky’s peat, smoke, and natural character, there is not any motive you’ll be able to’t make scrumptious cocktails with it. We have rounded up 14 recipes to provide you an introduction to Scotch cocktails, from a basic Rob Roy and a summery frozen Blood and Sand to a chai-infused punch.
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Rob Roy[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]Let’s begin with essentially the most well-known Scotch cocktail round: the Rob Roy. This basic drink is made identical to a Manhattan—two elements whisky, one half candy vermouth, and a pair dashes of Angostura bitters—however with Scotch changing the rye or bourbon. A maraschino cherry is essentially the most conventional garnish, however we expect that an orange twist performs particularly properly with Scotch.
Rob Roy Recipe »Again to the complete record Drunk Uncle[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]

This smoky, spirituous cocktail pairs peaty Islay Scotch with bittersweet, vegetal Cynar and candy, citrusy vermouth. We go along with Martini & Rossi Bianco, which balances out the assertive Cynar with out overpowering the whisky. Garnish with a grapefruit twist to focus on the citrusy notes of the vermouth.
Drunk Uncle Recipe »Again to the complete record 100-Yr-Outdated Cigar[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]This drink has a considerably intimidating ingredient record, however every little thing comes collectively excellent. Honeyed Bénédictine sweetens the aged rum, an absinthe rinse brings out the natural aspect of the Cynar, and a mixture of Cynar and Scotch (use one thing peaty like Laphroaig) give the drink a savory, virtually leathery taste.
100-Yr-Outdated Cigar Recipe »Again to the complete record Improved Scotch Cocktail[Photograph: Nick Guy]

We flip to Bénédictine to sweeten this cocktail, too, together with caramelly demerrara syrup. The recipe solely requires one-eighth of an oz of every for 2 ounces of Scotch, which is sufficient for his or her flavors to come back out with out the sweetness getting out of hand. We might advocate a reasonably smoky Scotch right here, however you should utilize one thing kind of intense relying by yourself style.
Improved Scotch Cocktail Recipe »Again to the complete record Zucca Sprezzatura[Photograph: Elana Lepkowski]Rabarbaro Zucca is a reasonably candy amaro with a barely smoky taste that pairs properly with Scotch. We use delicate blended Scotch on this highball (an excessive amount of peat will overwhelm the amaro), plus grapefruit bitters and bitter lemon soda. You won’t have the ability to discover bitter lemon soda, during which case you should utilize a combination of tonic and contemporary lemon juice as a substitute.
Zucca Sprezzatura Recipe »Again to the complete record Mr. Howell[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]

Scotch performs a supporting function on this cocktail as properly, giving a daiquiri a savory edge. That is not the one change to the basic recipe—we sweeten the cocktail with maple syrup as a substitute of sugar to provide it a deeper, richer taste. You should utilize your alternative of golden rum right here—we’re keen on Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva, which has a darkish taste that works splendidly with the syrup.
Mr. Howell Recipe »Again to the complete record 9 Girls Dancing Punch[Photograph: Elana Lepkowski]Malty, smoky blended Scotch is a superb base for a cold-weather punch. Right here we pair the whisky with spicy chai tea, nutty Lustau East India Solera Sherry, and an fragrant vanilla cinnamon syrup. For much more spice we combine in a wholesome dose of Angostura bitters.
9 Girls Dancing Punch Recipe »Again to the complete record Sweater Climate Punch[Photograph: Emily Dryden]We combine blended Scotch and sherry once more for this punch, pairing the spirits with an natural Czech liqueur referred to as Becherovka. It is a nice possibility for individuals who do not assume they like Scotch—the whisky provides a malty spine to the punch with out being overly assertive.
Sweater Climate Punch Recipe »Again to the complete record Scotch, Sherry, and Harmony Cocktail[Photograph: Autumn Giles]Do not put that bottle of oloroso sherry away with out making this cocktail, which mixes it with Scotch and Harmony grape syrup. All three substances listed here are on the assertive aspect however mix collectively remarkably properly—the jammy syrup stands as much as the whisky and the nutty sherry ties every little thing collectively.
Scotch, Sherry, and Harmony Cocktail Recipe »Again to the complete record Frozen Blood and Sand[Photograph: Elana Lepkowski]Scotch might be the final spirit you affiliate with blender drink, however this refreshing twist on the old-school Blood and Sand may simply change that. The cocktail is historically made with orange juice, Cherry Heering, and candy vermouth, however as a result of mixing a drink with ice dilutes the substances, we exchange the Cherry Heering with wealthy Luxardo cherry syrup and reinforce the orange juice with Grand Marnier.
Frozen Blood and Sand Recipe »Again to the complete record Rusty Nail[Photograph: Jennifer Hess]Cocktails do not get a lot easier than the Rusty Nail—the recipe is nothing greater than a mixture of blended Scotch and Drambuie (a honey liqueur itself constructed from Scotch), plus a touch of Angostura bitters if you wish to go loopy. You may usually discover the drink made with equal elements Scotch and Drambuie, however we like to make use of a a lot drier 4:1 ratio typical in older recipes for the drink.
Rusty Nail Recipe »Again to the complete record The Godfather[Photograph: Michael Dietsch]The Godfather is a detailed relative to the Rusty Nail—it is made with simply Scotch and amaretto. As with the Rusty Nail we expect the drink can simply turn out to be too candy, so we dial again the almond-flavored amaretto and use the identical 4:1 ratio.
The Godfather Recipe »Again to the complete record Vasco de Gama[Photograph: Wes Rowe]For a style of fall, do that cocktail that mixes bourbon, Scotch, and a garam masala-spiced apple syrup made with quite a lot of toasted spices. We love mixing bourbon and Scotch since you get a bit of little bit of smoke and peat with out the drink being too intense.
Vasco de Gama Recipe »Again to the complete record The Remedy-All[Photograph: Autumn Giles]This recipe takes the Penicillin—a basic Scotch cocktail flavored with lemon and ginger—and provides a shot of earthy beet juice. The ginger comes within the type of Domaine de Canton liqueur, which additionally sweetens the drink.
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