There are few drinking experiences as pure and joyful as sipping on a dram of good Scotch whisky. But that doesn’t mean the spirit should be relegated to a life of neat pours. Bartenders near and far have experimented with scotch’s many personalities, creating some of the most exciting cocktails in the canon. These are 11 scotch cocktails to try now.
This cocktail will cure whatever ails you. The mix of blended scotch, fresh lemon juice, homemade honey-ginger syrup and an extra touch of single-malt scotch helps to show off the spirit’s citrusy side, with just the right amount of booziness to create a truly balanced sip.
Get a dose of veggies with your cocktail in this drink. Equal-parts scotch and mezcal are a perfectly smoky pair and play nice with Liqor 43, heirloom carrot juice, agave syrup and fresh lemon juice. Serve in a rocks glass half-rimmed with salt, and garnish with a carrot chip, of course.
Heat things up with this strong spin on a Hot Toddy. If the fact that you should keep a fire extinguisher present during the making of this cocktail doesn’t make you sweat a little, then the flaming combination of cask-strength scotch, sugar and boiling water (which are all lit on fire and poured between two mugs) definitely will.
The secret to perfecting this classic is figuring out the ratio of Drambuie to whisky. Start with an ounce and a half of blended scotch and three-quarters of an ounce of Drambuie, then tinker until it tastes right to you. Serve in a rocks glass with one large ice cube.