Tuesday, September 8, 2015


2/3 Spey Royal Scotch (1 1/2 oz Buchanan's 12 Year)
2 dash Applejack (1/2 oz Boulard Calvados VSOP)
2 dash Sweet Vermouth (3/4 oz Dolin)
1 dash Picon Bitters (1/4 oz Wolfamer)

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. I garnished with an orange twist.

As a nightcap after my Saturday evening shift, I felt the desire for a straight spirits drink especially as the temperatures have been dropping. For inspiration, I turned to Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars: 1903-1933. In the whisk(e)y section, I was drawn to the Sunshine which appeared like a Scotch and apple brandy version of the rye-based Liberal. In searching for similar drinks that I have had, it seems that I have never had Amer Picon (or replicas) with Scotch before, but I did have the Bonsoir with apple brandy. Moreover, it would give me a great excuse to try out my sample of the Amer Picon-like Wolfamer which is available in this country.
The Sunshine greeted my nose with orange and peat smoke notes. Grape and malt on the sip transitioned to apple and smoke on the swallow with a dark orange finish.


Paul said...

Hi Frederic ! Would you recommend Buchanan's in particular ( which is a blend ) or would a single malt speyside whisky do the job as well ? Like Speyburn 10 yo for example.

frederic said...

I recommend Buchanan's if you won it in a competition at work. Otherwise, other Scotches will work great, too.

Paul said...

I guess you did. Congrats ! Thanks for quick reply