It’s usually stated that you simply shouldn’t waste good alcohol in a cocktail. This opinion is normally provided with the authoritative weight of reality: That you probably have, say, a really good bottle of whisky, the “proper” strategy to expertise it’s in a glass, with out ice, presumably alongside an eyedropper of department water and a tasting pocket book labeled How you can Take the Enjoyable Out of Ingesting.
Whereas it’s at all times fallacious to inform different individuals methods to drink, the admonition in opposition to utilizing a pricier spirit to combine drinks is very unfaithful for Scotch whisky and monumentally unfaithful for the Bobby Burns, composed of Scotch whisky, candy vermouth and a kiss of the natural French liqueur Bénédictine. (The drink has a sinewy, unsatisfying historical past, however its most recognizable type comes from Harry Craddock’s The Savoy Cocktail Ebook from 1930.) What units Bobby Burns aside is its focus of taste and natural attraction; a Scotch Manhattan, referred to as a Rob Roy, is a nice drink, however add the honeyed, natural complexity of Bénédictine and it adjustments the sport completely. It stays a strong slow-sipper, however the liqueur presents a persistent, mild sweetness, nearly a heat, charming to the purpose of enchantment. If ingesting a Rob Roy is like sinking into an previous leather-based chair, ingesting a Bobby Burns is like sitting in that chair whereas listening to nice jazz.
In an extra blow to the rule-makers, what units this cocktail but additional aside is that, whereas scrumptious with entry-level scotch, it’s dynamite with a well-aged sherried single malt. In contrast to a Whiskey Bitter, for instance, the place the lemon juice clashes with the richness of the whisky, every part in a Bobby Burns is there to have fun the very notes you get from growing older scotch in sherry barrels: The vermouth bolsters the sherry’s dried fruit; the Bénédictine showcases the spirit’s spherical, wealthy butterscotch and custard flavors; and the bitters spotlight the spicy French oak. The extra sherry affect within the scotch, the extra these notes pop within the cocktail; the closely sherried bottlings from the Macallan, Glendronach and Glenfarclas would all be unimaginable—and intensely costly. (Feeling daring? Put aside a pair photographs from the $112,000 Generations 2021.) However what are you able to do? Generally you wish to get pleasure from a nice spirit in a cocktail. Don’t let anybody say you shouldn’t.
Take a look at the recipe for the Bobby Burns cocktail beneath:
- 2 ouncessherried single-malt Scotch whisky
- 3/4 ouncesCocchi Vermouth di Torino (or different candy vermouth)
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Add all components to a mixing glass with ice and stir for 15 to 25 seconds. Pressure right into a stemmed glass and garnish with a lemon twist.