How to make a cocktail out of smokey scotch

If you find yourself purchasing or drinking a campfire made of scotch, here’s a very simple recipe to help finish off the other 749ml so you can actually justify the purchase to your wife.

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First, grab the left over Sweet N Sour mix in your fridge (or on top of your fridge) from your last tequila-soaked party. Second, procure either sugar, salt or — if you want to get crazy — smoked salt to rim your glass. Get some proper bar sugar or rifle through the baking cupboard for powdered sugar. Now find some ice, a cocktail shaker and that charcoal flavored scotch and combine as such:


In a cocktail shaker, combine the following over ice:

  • 2 oz Cask Islay scotch (or similar)
  • ¾ oz Sweet N Sour mix
  • 1-2 tsp powdered sugar to sweetness

Shake vigorously. Strain into salt rimmed martini or unsalted rock glass and enjoy.

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Mike Higdon is a journalist passionate about beer and cocktails. He started the site because no one else covered Reno's growing craft scene at the level of detail required to stay in the know about all things drinkable in Reno.

2 thoughts on “How to make a cocktail out of smokey scotch

  1. Nils, I’m afraid a smoker would not achieve the same effect unless you plan to smoke your own malt and distill whiskey, then age and blend it for 8 years so you can make one cocktail. I’m really all about homemade, fresh ingredients but using your smoker may be a bit of a stretch. Thanks for the comment.

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