Thursday, December 12, 2019


1 oz Laphroaig 10 Year Scotch
3/4 oz Rittenhouse Bonded Rye Whiskey
1/2 oz Bonal Gentiane-Quina
1/2 oz Lustau Amontillado Sherry
Scant 1/2 oz Lustau Pedro Ximenez Sherry (Oxford 1970)

Stir with ice, strain into a single old fashioned glass pre-rinsed with Pernod Absinthe (Butterfly), and garnish with lemon oil from a twist.
Two Thursdays ago, I returned home from work and was in need of a nightcap. For recipe inspiration, I turned to Leo Robitschek's The Nomad Cocktail Book and spotted his Vagabond that was described as a "smoky Scotch Old Fashioned with hints of anise." Once prepared, the Vagabond waved to the nose with lemon, anise, and peat aromas. Next, a rich, raisiny grape sip meandered into grape, Scotch's smoke, and rye's spice on the swallow with a quinine-anise finish.

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