The Highlander

There can be only…okay, no. I’m not gonna do it. That’s a terrible movie anyway, 80s kitsch aside. This is the fifth and final take on the Old-Fashioned that I’m going to feature from Robert O. Simonson’s wonderful new book, The Old-Fashioned. If you want anymore, you’ll just have to buy the book. Which you should do anyway. The Highlander was created by Eric Alperin of The Varnish in Los Angeles, which sounds exactly like the sort of place that makes me wish I lived in a real city again. Albuquerque has many charms, but a thriving craft cocktail scene is not one of them (beer, on the other hand, is thriving here).

The Recipe:

2 ounces blended Scotch

1/2 ounce Cherry Heering

Combine ingredients in an old-fashioned glass with a large chunk of ice; stir until chilled, then squeeze a lemon twist over the drink and drop it into the glass.


Obviously, this is probably the simplest drink to make out of the entire book, what with only two ingredients. And it tastes about like what you’d expect – Scotch-y, with a bit of cherry-tinged sweetness and a touch of citrus. The drink suffers, I think, from the most common drawback when dealing with Scotch-based cocktails, which is that Scotch is tough to improve on. A select few Scotch cocktails work really, really well, but most just make me want a really good Scotch, neat. So, while this is a perfectly serviceable beverage, I don’t think it’s one I’d return to. Three livers.


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