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Featured Craft Cocktail – Subtle Smoke

Subtle Smoke is a cocktail I created years ago in an attempt to get non-scotch drinkers drinking Scotch whisky. These types of drinks I refer to as Gateway Cocktails. I’ve way liked watching patrons enjoy spirits they normally don’t through tasty drinks.

This Cocktail is essentially a gin martini served with a scotch rinse. The scotch rinse hits your nose and accents the gin perfectly without being overpowering. Also, I cut the gin slightly with Cocchi Americano to soften the drink while adding bright citrus notes. Similarly, playing off the citrus notes, a lemon peel is used as the garnish. Ideally, the Subtle Smoke introduces gin drinkers to the world of Scotch whisky and leaves them wanting more.

2 oz Two James Old Cockney Gin

¾ oz Cocchi Americano Bianco

Glenfiddich 15 rinse

Start by rinsing a chilled coupe cocktail glass with Glenfiddich. Then pour all ingredients into a mixing glass and stir. To finish, strain the cocktail into the rinsed glass and garnish with a lemon peel.

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