Notes of apples and nuts find their way into this belly-warming, home-spun take on an Old Fashioned from Raines Law Room in NYC. Here's how to mix it up at home.
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Scotch might not seem like the most likely base for a cocktail. Plenty will still argue that Scotch is for sipping—not polluting with anything other than an ice cube, or maybe a few drops of water if you're feeling frisky. But properly deployed in cocktails, Scotch can take on many roles, whether the aggressive frontrunner or a mellow backdrop to other flavors. Here are ten of our favorites in New York right now—from a light lavender number to a dark, brooding sipper.
"I was looking through older cocktail books, and saw a Wild Redhead, which had an awesome name but it was a really boring drink—just Cherry Heering and lemon juice," recalls Meaghan Dorman, the (red)head bartender at New York's Raines Law Room. She spiced it up with some allspice dram and blended Scotch, and the Wildest Redhead was born.
Raines Law Room's modern take on the Savoy original calls on Cocchi Americano, with its spine of quinine. "It dries out your cheeks a little," notes Meaghan Dorman, giving hers a surprisingly illustrative suck. Dorman showed us how to make this tasty cocktail at home.
At Raines Law Room in New York, Meaghan Dorman layers in spice and earth to the Paloma—a Mexican standby made with grapefruit, soda (or grapefruit soda) and tequila—by way of jalapeño agave syrup and celery bitters, which pick up the vegetal flavors in good tequila.
New York is littered with rooftop bars, sidewalk cafés, and microscopic backyards all vying for your drinking dollar during the summer months. But few can actually mix up a proper cocktail and even fewer can do so without the encroachment of the neighbor's hanging laundry. So we took to the streets, sipped and savored our way through the competition, to bring you our five favorite outdoor cocktail spots in New York.