Friday, July 8, 2016


This is one of the best scotch sour type cocktails I've had. It's pretty new, having only been around for the last few years. Bartender Cole Burger at the Blue Duck Tavern tells me that it has been used as a test to see if a bartender knows what's going on. I obviously didn't know what was going on, but I know I've had this drink before, I just didn't know its name. The recipe that follows is an approximate of Sam Ross' original recipe.

The trick with this drink is to float the Islay single malt scotch on top to give the drink a peaty and nutty scent. 
  • 1 1/2 oz. blended scotch
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz. Islay single malt scotch 
  • lemon twist
Combine blended scotch, lemon juice and sugar syrup in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into an Old Fashioned glass. Float Islay malt on top and garnish with a lemon twist. (Squeeze the zest of the twist on top and drop it in the drink.)

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