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Scotch whisky cocktail classics

by Yee-Fan Sun

Back home in the States, we call it Scotch. Here in its home country, though, where I've now been living for over six months, it's just plain whisky. (No, that's not a typo; there's no e in the Scottish version of this fine malt beverage's name.) Whatever you want to call it, Scotch whisky makes a swanky addition to your home bar when you realize you're getting bored of making the same-old same-old vodka-rum-gin cocktails you've been knocking back since college. Scotch is smoky and strong, complex and decidedly grown up. Get yourself a bottle of the basic blended stuff -- not too cheap but not too pricey either, as there's no use wasting the single malts or fancier blends on mixed drinks -- and start experimenting. Here are three classic Scotch cocktails to get you started…

rob roy
2 oz. scotch
1 oz. sweet vermouth
dash of Angostura bitters
garnish: maraschino cherry

Up version: Shake or stir all liquid ingredients with ice, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

On the rocks: Pour the ingredients over ice in an old-fashioned glass (short glass). Stir, garnish and serve.

2 oz. Scotch
1 oz. amaretto

Pour the Scotch and amaretto over ice in an old-fashioned. Give it a stir, and you're ready to start sipping.

rusty nail
2 oz. Scotch
1 oz. Drambuie
garnish: lemon twist

Pour the Scotch and Drambuie over ice in an old-fashioned. Give it a stir, garnish with a twist of lemon, and enjoy.


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