Old-school bar Tosca likely served the classic Godfather, a cocktail consisting of equal parts amaretto and Scotch, during the drink’s 1970s heyday. Today, their updated variation adds complexity by way of maraschino liqueur, plus a splash of smoky Lagavulin, which is added to a milder, blended-Scotch base. “Basically, we took the world’s simplest drink and managed to make it a reasonably taxing pickup,” quips Chad Arnholt, who created the drink with partner Claire Sprouse.
- 1 1/2 ounces blended Scotch, preferably Cutty Sark Prohibition blended Scotch
- 1/2 ounce amontillado sherry
- 1/4 ounce amaretto, preferably Lazzaroni
- 1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur, preferably Leopold Bros.
- 2 dashes Scotch, preferably Lagavulin 16 Year Old
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
Garnish: orange peel, brandied cherry
- Combine all ingredients in a double rocks glass over a large ice cube.
- Stir to integrate.
- Express the orange peel and discard.
- Garnish with a brandied cherry.