Traditionalist scotch fanatics may scoff at mixing their beloved whisky with anything but a few drops of water, but scotch cocktails (or scotch-tails, as we like to call them) are downright delicious. Here, the best scotch cocktails.
The 5 Best Scotch Cocktails
The Rusty Nail doubles down on the Scottish spirit by pairing scotch with Drambuie, a sweet honey scotch liqueur. While the name could admittedly use some work, the double dose of scotch can’t fail.
A spicy, smoky variation on a Whiskey Sour, the Penicillin replaces the Whiskey Sour’s usual bourbon with blended scotch and throws in some ginger. This curative cocktail will save you from the boring cocktail doldrums.
A Scotch & Soda is a fine way to make scotch into a long, sippable affair, but the drink lacks pizzaz. The ginger beer in this refreshing drink is worthy of scotch’s smoky intensity.
The Rob Roy is a scotch-based take on the eternal classic, the Manhattan. Smokier, drier and more complex than its rye-based brother, it’s a cocktail best suited for chilly evenings curled up by a fire or in a cozy cocktail bar.
Mixing fruit with scotch might not be your first instinct, but Cherry Heering and orange juice perform wonders with scotch in a Blood and Sand. Though the name may seem aggressive, the cocktail is a harmonious, gulpable mix.