Yet another entry from our gradual mostly-alphabetic sojourn through the Savoy Cocktail Book, this is another of the relatively rare Scotch cocktails. Described by Harry Craddock, the Savoy‘s author, as “one of the very best Whisky cocktails,” it’s a simple drink to put together.
1/2 sweet (red) vermouth
3 dashes Benedictine
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass; twist a piece of lemon peel over the drink.
Well, it’s pretty, at least. Maybe Craddock meant one of the very best looking whisky cocktails? Because taste-wise, this one’s a dog. Scotch is a complex and powerful spirit, which means it’s either likely to overwhelm whatever it’s mixed with, or else it’s going to do something unexpected – which can, of course, be good or bad. In this case, it’s bad. I think the vermouth just doesn’t provide enough opportunities for the Scotch to do anything interesting. Wait, I guess tasting like alcoholic prune juice is interesting. It’s just not very good. Two livers. Do yourself a favor, if you’re itching to have a Scotch-based cocktail – make a Blood and Sand instead.