While scotch is often relegated to a few drinks like the Rob Roy or Penicillin, there are multitudes of use for the family of whiskies. Leave it to bars in Scotland, then, to come up with some—the Campbeltown comes from Bramble Bar & Lounge in Edinburgh, a moody, stylish spot that often makes its way on to lists of the world’s best cocktail bars. With a single malt whisky as its base, this stirred drink has bold, deep flavors for those who like their drinks strong yet nuanced.
The Campbeltown is not a cheap drink to make by any means. It begins with Springbank 10-year-old-scotch, a well-balanced whisky with a $100 price tag. Besides giving the drink its bold smokiness and depth, it also gives it its name, as the Springbank distillery is located in Campbeltown. The single malt scotch has the depth and richness to stand up to the drink’s green Chartreuse, a famous herbal liqueur made by Carthusian monks with a secret recipe. While not as expensive as the Springbank 10-year-old, it’s still a pricey spirit, averaging $50 a bottle. Luckily, the drink only calls for half-an-ounce of it, and it can also be used in cocktails like the Last Word, Bijou and a number of others.
The third element of this botanical, spirit-forward cocktail is Cherry Heering, a sweet and tart cherry liqueur. One of its most well-known uses is in another scotch cocktail—the Blood & Sand. Other cherry liqueurs on the market, most famously maraschino liqueur, tend to be less sweet than Heering, so if you plan on substituting one of them be sure to taste for sweetness. You can always add a touch of simple syrup if need be.
If the price tag per drink is intimidating, you could substitute a more affordable scotch. Blended whiskies often work well in mixed drinks and generally have a lower price tag, while another bold single malt would stand up well to the green Chartreuse. However, the flavor profile is balanced around the Springbank, so any change could lead to an inferior drink. Plus, the name wouldn’t fit anymore, though that’s less of a concern.
- 2 ounces Springbank 10-year-old scotch
- 1 ounce Cherry Heering liqueur
- 1/2 ounce green Chartreuse
Add the Springbank 10-year-old scotch, Cherry Heering liqueur, and green Chartreuse into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled.
Strain into a chilled Nick & Nora glass.
Express the oil of a lemon peel over the drink and discard.