Cocktail & Other Recipes By Spirit Scotch Cocktails

South by Southwest

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“When I was writing my book, I received a recipe for a drink that its creator, Benny McKew, called the South by Southwest,” says cocktail pioneer and author of “The Negroni,” Gary Regan. The recipe for this Negroni riff calls for Ardbeg 10-year-old scotch in place of gin. He was immediately sold. “The smokiness of scotch is a perfect foil for the bitter-sweetness of the Campari and vice versa.”

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Learning to Love Scotch Through the Negroni.”


  • 1 oz Ardbeg 10-year-old scotch
  • 1 oz Dolin sweet vermouth
  • 1 oz Campari
  • Orange blossom water, to mist
  • Garnish: Orange blossom water
  • Garnish: Orange twist


  1. Mist the inside of a chilled Old Fashioned glass with 4 sprays of orange blossom water and set aside.

  2. Add the scotch, vermouth and Campari into a mixing glass with ice and stir.

  3. Strain into the Old Fashioned glass.

  4. Garnish with another spray of orange blossom water and an orange twist.