Most of the folks who pass through my bar order their whisky neat or on the rocks, but there is the occasional request for a cocktail with a particular kind of Scotch. That particular kind of Scotch is usually a peated whisky. In a classic cocktail such as an Old Fashioned or Rob Roy, the spirit shines. Here’s an original cocktail where the whisky plays well with others: the Isle of Hope. This drink brings together herbal notes from the mint with a honeyed sweetness from the Chartreuse that plays delightfully with the two spirits. The finish is noticeably peaty with a snap of lemon ginger.
Isle of Hope
- 1 oz Lagavulin 16
- 1 oz Willett Single Barrel Rye, 5 year (55%, 110 proof)
- .25 oz Yellow Chartreuse
- .5 oz Simple Syrup (1:1)
- dash Ginger Syrup (1:1)
- .75 oz fresh strained lemon juice
- 5-6 mint leaves
Directions: Gently muddle mint leaves with all ingredients. Shake for about 5 seconds and strain over ice. Since the drink will dilute further over ice, this is to aerate and dilute it slightly. If you’re working with big ice, feel free to shake longer. Garnish with a mint sprig.