Plausible Deniability

Contributed by Alex Waldman | Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul-based bartender Alex Waldman created this drink with the parameters of using limited citrus with a bitter liqueur to make something round, full and relatively dry. He made the first iteration using a base of bourbon while guest bartending. Upon presenting it to the bar’s owner, he was greeted with the observation that it possessed nymphet-like qualities (a reference to Lolita). So, Waldman named it Jailbait. Upon revisiting the drink, he reworked it with Scotch and renamed it accordingly.


Serving: 1

  • 1 1/2 ounces Scotch (Famous Grouse)
  • 3/4 ounce Drambuie
  • 1/2 ounce Campari
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice

Garnish: lime wedge

  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge.