The reason for this article is simple, I love scotch and I love martinis. In my humble opinion, making scotch a key ingredient of a martini rivals the genius of the wheel, the iPod and the four-day weekend. What follows are five of the most charming and disarming potions ever to grace a bar. Mix them with joy and be prepared to solve all of the world’s problems as they take effect.
The Classically High Class Smoke
The CHC is simple but effective. You replace the vermouth in the standard martini with a single malt scotch to produce an amazing result.
2.5 oz Bulldog Gin
1.0 oz Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old
Garnish: Lemon twist
Setting: A slightly pretentious bar or private members club. This drink will weed out any pretenders
Add both ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with a fresh lemon twist that does not skimp on the lemon.
Sex on a Private Beach
Why should the proletariats at Sandals have all the fun? This summer-inspired scotch martini strays into Jimmy Buffet land for a blue-collar voyeuristic tour of how the other half suffers.
1.0 oz. Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old
1.0 oz. Malibu Coconut Rum
1.0 oz. DeKuyper White Creme de Cacao
0.5 oz. Grenadine (more Grenadine drinks)
4.0 oz. Orange Juice (more Orange Juice drinks)
Garnish: Pineapple Wedge and Cherry
Setting: Kamalame Cay, Soneva Fushi or Richard Branson’s Necker Island that is available for $46,000 per night
Shake all with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a cherry and be prepared to understand the fascination with NASCAR.
The Laughing Oligarch
Call them the new nouveau riche or the admirably wildly wealthy but the Russian and Ukrainian Eastern Euro Elite know how to live and to spend.
2.0 oz. Stolichnaya Gold Vodka
1.0 oz. Glenkinchie 1991 Distillers Edition
2 to 3 drops Pernod
Garnish: Lemon Twist and a Beet Leaf
Setting: Any damn where you please after your bodyguards have cleared out the riffraff
Stir all of the ingredients over ice for 20 to 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass and add the garnish then plot world domination.
The Lost Emperor
Power is fleeting unless you are drinking this scotch martini then it is limitless. You will be compelling and you will be commanding (and soon incoherent).
3.0 oz. Hendrick’s Gin
1.5 oz. Lagavulin 12 Year Old Cask Strength
1.5 oz. Ly Shan Lychee Fruit Liqueur
3 drops of molé bitters
Garnish: Two Or More Lychee Nuts
Setting: One of your favorite palaces.
Combine over ice. Stir. Strain into a chilled martini glass over the Lychee nuts and then go nuts.
Gone Mad Men Scotch-a-Tini
Advertising is always more effective after one or three martinis. A few of these libations will ensure your success on Madison Avenue for longer than a thirty-second ad.
3.0 oz. Aberfeldy 21yr Single Malt
0.5 oz. Perucchi Sweet Vermouth
Angostura bitters to taste
Garnish: Maraschino Cherry
Setting: Any Manhattan watering hole that has been in business prior to 1959
Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir well. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cherry and a witty tagline or jingle.
“The good life is one guided by knowledge and infused with premium liquor.”