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Head bartender Jenn Knott calls this cocktail "a one-stop shop for all of the flavors reminiscent of the changing seasons." For it, she infuses Cutty Sark scotch with roasted pecans, then simmers it with apple cider, Fonseca Bin No. 27 port, honey syrup, cinnamon sticks and cloves. It's served in an Irish coffee mug and garnished with a soft caramel candy. It reminds Knott of growing up in Michigan and picking apples at the orchards with her family during the fall.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Nuts for Pecans? Go Drink These Cocktails in Bars Across the USA.”

Hot Toddy

Bourbon / American Whiskey Irish Whiskey Rye Whiskey Scotch Whiskey , Classics Hot

Brrrrr, is it cold out here? Great for a warming up for the night or when you're feeling under the weather, you can use any kind of whiskey you like in this hot and comforting classic Hot Toddy recipe.

Speyside Smash

Scotch , Modern Classics

This cocktail takes single malt for a slightly tropical spin. And yes, it’s as delicious as it looks.

From Jura to Java

Rum Scotch Whiskey , Modern Classics

Kansas City, Mo.’s Monarch Cocktail Bar & Lounge feels plucked straight out of London—but with a Midwest welcome. Pull up to the white Italian marble bar for bar director Brock Schulte’s inspired cocktails, which include the From Jura to Java, a drink that showcases Jura Superstition scotch with Foursquare 2004 single-blended rum, Batavia-arrack, Lazzaroni amaro and The Bitter Truth chocolate bitters. The drink is rich and smoky yet delicate and sophisticated, with notes coffee, chocolate, wood and subtle funk, garnished with a black garlic financier.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “11 Scotch Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now.”

Godfather 101

Scotch Whiskey , Modern Classics

Instead of stocking bottles of amaretto liqueur, Jeremy Allen of MiniBar in Los Angeles makes his own using discarded the tiny bitter kernels encased in discarded cherry pits. He gets the pits from the cherry juicing process when he makes maraschino cherries for cocktails and when he cures cherries to be used as garnishes. That would be an awful lot of waste. He spends all of cherry season making large batches of amaretto to be used in cocktails like this one, a take on the classic Godfather cocktail.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Are Earth-Friendly Cocktails Possible? These 5 No-Waste Cocktails Might Be the Answer.

Ardbeg’s Smoky Bloody Mary

Scotch Whiskey , Modern Classics

Why settle for the usual Bloody Mary? Give it a delectable smoky update by adding Ardbeg and all the right garnishes. It will quickly be clear how premium scotch can elevate the classic vodka cocktail.

Talking Backwards

Scotch , Modern Classics

This Los Angeles–inspired cocktails has just the right amount of smoke and malt.

Cailleach’s Bath Collins

Scotch , Modern Classics

This cocktail is named for the Gaelic hag goddess of winter, Cailleach Bheur, to whom the great Corryvreckan serves as laundry basin. The use of preserved citrus and seed serve as ode to her season's bounty, with a crack of pepper to highlight the malt's spice.

Outlaws

Scotch , Modern Classics

This Washington, D.C.–inspired cocktail has just the right amount of smoke and malt.

Scottish Breakfast

Scotch , Modern Classics

This San Francisco–inspired cocktail has just the right amount of smoke and malt.

Burning Meadow

Scotch , Modern Classics

This Vegas-inspired cocktail has just the right amount of smoke and malt.

10 Year Lifted Flip

Scotch , Modern Classics

This Dallas-inspired cocktail has just the right amount of smoke and malt.

Bonfire Banana Alexander

Scotch , Modern Classics

This Chicago-inspired cocktail has just the right amount of smoke and malt.

Smoked Old Fashioned

Scotch , Modern Classics

Spice up the Old Fashioned by bringing in smoke and single malt. This spin on the traditional recipe will make you fall in love with the classic all over again.

Scotch & Ginger

Scotch , Modern Classics Tiki / Tropical

The Scotch & Ginger is better experienced than explained. The unforgettable blend of sweetness and spice defies description.

Aberlour 12-Year Highball with Soda

Scotch , Modern Classics

Of course Aberlour 12 year is good enough—by far—to stand on its own. Make a highball to open up the premium single malt even more.

Aberlour Highball

Scotch , Modern Classics

You might be surprised by what a splash of soda can add to a premium single malt. Toss in a slice of red apple to enjoy this highball in style.

The Rapscallion

Scotch , Modern Classics

The mouthwatering mix of spirits in the Rapscallion strike a delicate, delicious balance. The result is proof that fine single malt loves company.

The Horseapple

Scotch , Modern Classics

You don’t need to overthink things when you’re working with fresh, high quality ingredients, like fresh pressed apple juice and fine single malt whisky. The Horseapple is greater than the sum of its parts.

The Robert Baratheon

Scotch , Modern Classics

Scotch as complex and rich as Aberlour can elevate almost drink. The Robert Baratheon shows how single malt and vermouth can bring out one another’s strengths.

#402

Scotch , Modern Classics

Different single malts mingle in this spirit-forward cocktail. It’s a wonder that the peaty flavor still shines through all the other tasty elements.

Speyside Smash

Scotch , Modern Classics

This cocktail takes single malt for a slightly tropical spin. And yes, it’s as delicious as it looks.

Traveling Riverside

Scotch , Modern Classics

This cocktail manages the impressive feat of using award-winning single malt in a light and refreshing cocktail. Make one for yourself to discover how cooling scotch can be.

Frontier

Scotch , Modern Classics

A cocktail doesn’t need to be complicated to have a complex flavor profile. Just look at this simple, elegant scotch cocktail.

In My Defense

Scotch , Modern Classics

This complex and spirit-forward cocktail is a showcase for award-winning single malt. And other delightfully unexpected ingredients elevate the scotch.

No Country for Orange Men

Scotch , Modern Classics

The combination of mezcal, blood orange and fine single malt is as surprising as it is delicious. This refreshing and complex original cocktail is perfect for almost any occasion.

Whisky Contardo

Scotch , Modern Classics

With a little bit of care and thought, the old-school Whisky Mac can be reimagined and turned into something worthy of our more particular modern cocktailing palates, the Whisky Contardo, from bartender Adam Bernbach at Washington, D.C.’s 2 Birds 1 Stone.

Whisky Mac

Scotch , Classics

This old timer’s whisky cocktail is shorthand for the Whisky Macdonald, so named for a Colonel Hector MacDonald, who first crafted the drink while serving during the British Raj in India. It’s a simple combination of blended scotch and Stone's Original Green Ginger Wine , a fortified wine described on the bottle as a "ginger flavored currant wine" with a 13.5 percent ABV.

Carrot Thing

Mezcal Scotch , Modern Classics

New York City’s Saxon + Parole plays with plenty of fresh produce on its drink menu, which means that (depending on the season) guests often request “that watermelon thing” or “that pumpkin thing.” This time, head bartenders Maxime Belfand and Masa Urushido stayed one step ahead and named their heirloom-carrot-packed winter drink accordingly.

Scottish Beats

Scotch , Modern Classics

Nodding to the classic Blood & Sand, this drink by Jason Percival, the bar manager at Boston’s Post 390, relies on beets for its dramatic rosy hue and a hint of sweetness.

Smoked Honey Toddy

Scotch , Hot

There are two ways to make this warming winter drink: One involves smoking your own honey, and the other involves a cheat and buying already smoked honey (a good option is Bee Local white oak smoked honey). Jon Feuersanger, the beverage director of beast + bottle and Coperta in Denver, created this hot tipple that works with or without booze, and it's perfect for drinking as the snow falls during your next civilized holiday get-together.

Long Zest

Scotch , Modern Classics

Ditch the vodka, add whisky. (You can thank us later.)

My Golden Dram

Scotch , Modern Classics

The Champagne cocktail with a Scottish brogue.

Hebridean Shores

Scotch , Modern Classics

IPA meets Islay scotch in this refreshing highball.

Dramble

Scotch , Modern Classics

Swap whisky for gin in this gorgeous cocktail.

Campbeltown

Scotch , Modern Classics

Three ingredients add up to one perfect sip.

Big Red

Beer Scotch , Modern Classics

The snap of ginger, the smoke of scotch, the King of Beers. These are odd but happy bedfellows in this cocktail.

Mamie Taylor

Scotch , Modern Classics

Use a blended scotch that’s not too mild in this cocktail.

Godfather

Bourbon / American Whiskey Scotch , Modern Classics

This 1970s-era drink, named for the popular film The Godfather, is often made with equal parts, but this version dials down the sweetness.

Godfather

Bourbon / American Whiskey Scotch , Modern Classics

This 1970s-era drink, named for the popular film The Godfather, is often made with equal parts, but this version dials down the sweetness.

Corpse Reviver 212

Scotch , Modern Classics

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Whisky in Church

Scotch , Modern Classics

Though a bit rare, this smoky whisky cocktail is delicious when made well.

Hobnail

Scotch , Modern Classics

Smoky Scotch is tempered with a hint of bitter amaro and a slick of spicy ginger syrup in this straightforward glass.

Montgomerie Smoked Cider

Scotch , Modern Classics

The formula for a perfectly balanced glass of fall flavor? Smoky Scotch, sweet cider and tart lemon juice.

Spin Move

Brandy / Cognac Scotch , Modern Classics

One of Yael Vengroff’s signature Bar Shift hits, this warmly-spiced coupe is made with Dewar’s White Label, D’ussé Cognac, St-Germain, green cardamom pods, lemon juice and bitters. The addition of aromatic cardamom was inspired by Vengroff’s time spent in Mumbai, India, and a playful green-apple fan provides the finishing touch.

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