Scotch & Soda

Toby Cecchini, The Long Island Bar | Brooklyn, NY

At Brooklyn’s Long Island BarToby Cecchini has kept his dead-simple Scotch & Soda, which was inspired following a trip to Japan, on the menu for the past year. “I wanted something that… had a slight twist to it, and a subtle nod to Japan as the inspiration,” he says of the drink, which is garnished twice, with an aromatic twist of grapefruit peel and a shiso leaf. As a base, Cecchini experimented with a number of lighter-style whiskies from both Japan and Speyside, but settled on the fruity and “featherlight” Compass Box’s Great King Street Artist’s Blend, which he describes as “perfection” in the two-ingredient formula.


Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces whiskey, preferably Compass Box Great King Street
  • 8 ounces soda water, to top

Garnish: shiso leaf, grapefruit twist

  1. Fill a highball glass halfway with ice to ensure enough space for the water.
  2. Add the whiskey.
  3. Top with soda water.
  4. Garnish with one shiso leaf and a twist of fresh grapefruit peel.