• 2 oz Scotch
  • 1/2 oz Drambuie
  • 1/2 oz Cynar
  • dash Amer Picon

Homemade ingredients: Amer DeHainaut, Drambuie

I omitted Peach Bitters from the drink, since I don't have any. The recipe (from Kindred Cocktails) also suggests Macallan 12, which I'm not quite prepared to mix on a weeknight. To be clear, I have no problem mixing single malts. A Smoking Jacket must have a bit of Laphroaig or Ardmore in it, if not both. In fact, I ended up using Glenmorangie in tonight's cocktail, which I don't mind mixing on a non-special occasion since I recently started buying it in bulk.

Anyway, let's get back to the main topic. I was surprised by how well balanced this cocktail turned out to be. It's not often that Cynar, even only half an ounce of it, steps back into a supporting roll, but it does just that. I used my Not Drambuie (as opposed to Really Not Drambuie, I really need to come up with some real names for both.)

Speaking of names, I am considering whether to change the name of the other homemade ingredient used tonight. Should I keep it as is? Should I drop the "De"? Or should I come up with something completely different?

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