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. We've seen its smokiness kicked up with mezcal, its weight used to anchor a cocktail, its affinity for sherry brought to the forefront.
Here are ten of our favorites in New York right now—from a light lavender number to a dark, brooding sipper.
Your Scotch Cocktail Checklist
B.A.F. at Death + Company
Mah-Johng at Macao Trading Co.
Good Morning Milan at PDT
Apple Turnover at Clover Club
Fedora Dorato at Fedora
Scotch Michelada at Dutch Kills
The Wildest Redhead at Raines Law Room
Grandyman at Amor y Amargo
The Barrymore at The Rum House
Gentle John at Weather Up Brooklyn
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