Whether Cameron was one of Harry Craddock’s fellow London bartenders, or a regular customer, or just some dude who came in one day and requested this rather odd drink, we will probably never know. While cocktails based on either Scotch or Irish whiskeys are relatively rare, a cocktail containing both together is almost unheard of. Er…don’t want to end a sentence with a preposition. How about “is of an almost unheard nature?” Awkward. “It is almost unheard of to have a cocktail containing both.” There.
1/3 Irish whiskey
1/3 Scotch whiskey (use a blend)
1/6 lemon juice
1/6 orgeat syrup
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Basically, this is a variation on the whiskey sour that calls for a very specific mix of whiskies and uses orgeat instead of plain sugar. So while initially it appears to be a very odd combination of ingredients, it’s really just a slight twist on a very common drink. And it’s surprisingly good. The lemon more than holds its own against the orgeat, putting the drink much more firmly in the sour camp than the sweet. Meanwhile, the spice almond notes of the orgeat actually go quite well with the whiskies, which themselves seem to get along just fine – and frankly, my rather unrefined palate doesn’t distinguish a huge difference between Irish and a blended Scotch. They’re certainly not interchangeable, but they do live in the same neighborhood. If you’re looking for a whiskey cocktail, you could do a lot worse. Four livers.