This Gaelic cousin of the classic Hot Toddy swaps out standard whiskey for scotch to envelop its drinker in a smoky embrace. Demerara sugar replaces the usual honey, and a single strip of a lemon peel is substituted for lemon juice. The result is a comforting libation that’ll warm you from the inside out.
- Add the sugar and lemon peel to a mug. Gently muddle the two ingredients to release the lemon’s essential oils.
- Add the scotch and top with boiling water.
In 1948, a New York tax-attorney-turned-cocktail-whiz published The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, which to this day remains an indispensable bartending guide. Its author, David A. Embury, held that six cocktails reign above all others, and perched atop his list is the Old Fashioned, a marvel of simplicity and elegance that has endured almost...