To talk about Scotch whisky cocktails without alluding to the pretty fantastic Scottish proverb, "There are two things a Highlander likes naked, and one of them is malt whiskey" would be a real shame. As has been discussed here before, flavorful, layered, complex Scotch whiskys are tough to bring into the cocktail fold, often fighting other flavors like an out-of-tune soprano in a chorus of baritones.
But here in Los Angeles, hidden among the lesser versions are a few stand-out Scotch cocktails, blended with enough care and finesse to make them worth the occasional diversion from the single malt neat. These are bright, bold cocktails—some classic and some veering more toward the experimental, and they're all there for your viewing and sipping pleasure in the slideshow above.
About the author: Katie Robbins is a freelance journalist based in Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in Saveur, O Magazine, Psychology Today, and Eating Well, among others. You can follow her on Twitter at @robbinskatie.