An unusual mix of two scotches—meaty blended Blank Note and the high-end Islay single-malt Lagavulin 12-year-old—this riff on the Old-Fashioned can be found at the renewed iteration of San Francisco’s Tosca Café. Where many Old-Fashioneds require a healthy stir, this one is meant to tell a story as the ice melts. Rich, full-bodied and complex with a touch of honey for sweetness and two kinds of bitters, the Old Grampian is a cocktail that evolves in the glass.
- 1 1/2 ounces scotch (preferably Bank Note)
- 1/2 ounce Lagavulin 12 yr
- 1 bar spoon honey syrup (2:1, honey:water)
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 1 dash orange bitters
- 1 orange peel, large
Garnish: orange peel
- Add honey syrup, bitters and scotch to a rocks glass.
- Squeeze the orange peel over the glass to release oils and rub the peel around the inside of the glass. Set aside.
- Add a large piece of ice and stir briefly.
- Garnish with the orange peel.