Thursday, May 12, 2016

Ardmore Cocktail

Ardmore is a village in the whisky producing area of the Scottish highlands. This drink is a variation of a Blood and Sand. I have made the aforementioned Blood and Sand with Cherry Heering, then again with single malt and Luxardo maraschino liqueur and I found I liked the dryness of the second attempt. I used Luxardo as the inspiration to create another ingredient that is hard to source, Cherry Marnier. Now this is no longer in production, but I'm guessing it is a cherry flavor of Grand Marnier. I tried to replicate it with equal parts kirschwasser and cognac with just a dash of Luxardo. Another equally good substitute (perhaps better) is Cherry Heering, but I ran out and I have a bottle of kirschwasser sitting around waiting for just this sort of thing.
  • 1 oz. scotch 
  • 1/2 oz. sweet vermouth 
  • 1/2 oz. Cherry Marnier (substitute cognac and kirschwasser, or Cherry Heering)
  • 2 oz. orange juice
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 

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