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South by Southwest

south by southwest cocktail / Tim Nusog

“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 Gary Regan, author of “The Negroni.” 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 ounce Ardbeg 10-year-old scotch
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce Dolin sweet vermouth
  • 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.