Old Grampian

Isaac Shumway, Tosca Café | San Francisco, CA

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.


Serving: 1

  • 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

  1. Add honey syrup, bitters and scotch to a rocks glass.
  2. Squeeze the orange peel over the glass to release oils and rub the peel around the inside of the glass. Set aside.
  3. Add a large piece of ice and stir briefly.
  4. Garnish with the orange peel.