Thursday, January 20, 2011

curse of scotland

3/4 oz Islay Scotch, pref. Ardbeg (Caol Ila 12 Year)
3/4 oz Drambuie
3/4 oz Maraschino Liqueur (Luxardo)
3/4 oz Lemon Juice

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
For our second cocktail on Friday night, since I had leftover lemon juice and already had the Scotch out from making the Reverse Sazerac Sour, I decided to make Jacob Grier's Curse of Scotland from the Cocktail Collective book. The drink started with an intriguing nose of Scotch, lemon, and Maraschino's funk. On the sip, the malt and lemon were present along with the sweetness from the two liqueurs. Meanwhile, on the swallow, the Scotch's smoke blended rather well with the Maraschino's nutty funkiness. Furthermore, the Drambuie appeared in between as a light herbal and honey note. The other three ingredients did a good job of taming the Caol Ila without taking away too much of its character. Before I made this drink, I was not sure how Maraschino would play out with the Scotch especially with those proportions; however, afterward, I had no complaints about this flavor combination.

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