This variation on a 1920s drink called the Cold Deck (poker slang for when the dealer has stacked the cards to the disadvantage of a player) has similarities to both the Harvard and Rob Roy—both distant relatives of the Manhattan, with the addition of white crème de menthe. The Chardonnay Cask Finished Glen Moray Single Malt adds depth and structure, with a dash of orange bitters bringing it all together in harmony. Be sure to chill your mixing glass as well as your coupe—anything colder than deathly cold is still too warm for this drink.
Tom Lasher-Walker | Miami, Florida
- 1 ½ ounces Glen Moray Speyside Classic Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Chardonnay Cask Finish)
- ¾ ounce sweet vermouth
- ½ ounce Islay Scotch
- ¼ ounce white crème de menthe
- 2 dashes of orange bitters
Garnish: lemon twist
- Add all ingredients to a chilled mixing glass, then fill with ice.
- Stir and strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a lemon twist.