Slideshow: NYC: 10 Scotch Cocktails We Love Right Now

B.A.F. ($15) at Death + Company
B.A.F. ($15) at Death + Company
Scotch and sherry together—makes sense, right? The B.A.F. is a polished, beautifully integrated cocktail featuring Macallan 10 Year and Lustau "Don Nuno" Dry Oloroso Sherry, which contributes gentle nutty notes that linger in the background. Aperol and Gran Classico round out the sweet-bitter balance.

Death + Company: 433 East 6th Street, New York NY 10009 (map); 212-388-0882; deathandcompany.com

[Photographs: Eunice Choi]

Mah-Johng ($15) at Macao Trading Co.
Mah-Johng ($15) at Macao Trading Co.
Essentially a Chivas Regal Rob Roy, stirred with Carpano Antica along with an infused Mandarine Napoleon—the infusion's vanilla and ginger gently peek through, with Macao's own five-spice bitters as an accent. Smooth, integrated, interesting.

Macao Trading Co.: 311 Church Street, New York NY 10013 (map); 212-431-8750; macaonyc.com

[Photo: Carey Jones]

Good Morning Milan ($15) at PDT
Good Morning Milan ($15) at PDT
A Scotch drink with real levity. Black Grouse rides on a canvas of lemon, egg white, and mascarpone—a creamy but light base for the flavors of sage, honey, and lavender to come through. Herbal but gentle, floral but only gently so, it unites the above flavors beautifully.

PDT: 113 Saint Marks Place, New York, NY 10009 (map); 212-614-0386; pdtnyc.com

[Photo: Nick Brown]

Fedora Dorato ($13) at Fedora
Fedora Dorato ($13) at Fedora
"The taste of the West Village!", Fedora's cocktail menu proclaims. Well, we wish we could find drinks of this caliber all over the neighborhood. Famous Grouse is the backbone for this stirred, properly chilled concoction of Scotch, Cynar, and Cocchi Americano. It's smoky and herbal with an expected bitter kick, but lightened by the crisp, lively Cocchi—perfectly balanced.

Fedora: 239 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10014 (map); 646-449-9336; fedoranyc.com

[Photo: Dominic Perri]

Scotch Michelada ($10) at Dutch Kills
Scotch Michelada ($10) at Dutch Kills
The peat and brininess of Islay Scotch makes Dutch Kills' michelada a whole new kind of awesome. There's the tart lime you expect and tomato juice bolstered by clam liquor, but then there's the Scotch, its malt mimicking the sweetness of beer but with added complexity, and a dose of smoke for good measure.

Dutch Kills: 27-24 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City NY 11101 (map); 718-383-2724; dutchkillsbar.com

[Photo: Renata Yagolnitzer]

The Wildest Redhead ($14) at Raines Law Room
The Wildest Redhead ($14) at Raines Law Room
In which we see Scotch become downright refreshing. Meaghan Dorman takes the base of a "Wild Redhead" (lemon and Cherry Heering) but shakes it up with blended Scotch, along with a touch of allspice dram adding warming winter notes. The result is a lively, bright drink with Scotch mellowing out in the background. (Also available at Lantern's Keep.)

Raines Law Room: 48 West 17th Street, Manhattan, NY 10011 (map) no phone, email for reservations; raineslawroom.com

[Photograph: Linda Xiao]

The Barrymore ($16) at The Rum House
The Barrymore ($16) at The Rum House
Up in the Theater District, Kenny McCoy (also of Ward III) named this drink to honor John Barrymore, and the Barrymore Theater across the street from the Rum House. An experiment to unite Scotch and an amaro, the cocktail starts a rinse of Yellow Chartreuse that's flamed in the coupe, with the stirred Bruichladdich 10-year and Ramazotti poured in, a flaming orange peel garnish. Powerfully smoky on the nose, but balanced by the amaro and citrus oils.

The Rum House: 228 W 47th Street, New York NY 10036 (map); 646-490-6924; edisonrumhouse.com

[Photo: Carey Jones]

Gentle John ($12) at Weather Up Brooklyn
Gentle John ($12) at Weather Up Brooklyn
Simple but elegant, the Ballantine's Scotch stirred with dry vermouth and Angostura, while Combier adds a gentle, orangey sweetness.

Weather Up: 589 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11238 (map); weatherupnyc.com

[Photo: Renata Yagolnitzer]