Ok, maybe Scotch cocktails aren’t all that rare, because here’s another one from the Savoy Cocktail Book. This is essentially a minor variation on the Rob Roy, which is really a minor variation on the Manhattan. This is also, apart from the vermouth, akin to an old-fashioned, i.e. whiskey with bitters and sugar. And hey, it’s named after a train.
2 ounces Scotch
1 2/3 ounces Italian (sweet) vermouth
1 tsp. Angostura bitters
1 tsp. simple syrup
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
I freestyled with a Luxardo cherry garnish. Sue me. With a hefty dose of bitters and an even heftier one of vermouth, there is definitely some bitterness going on here, but not in a bad way, especially with the very flavorful Carpano Antica vermouth on board. The sugar is more than offset by the bitters, but I suppose it sweetens things up a little bit. On the whole, this tastes, well, pretty much like a Manhattan. With Scotch. Four livers.