It is a truth universally acknowledged, that (wonder where I’m going with this?) Scotch doesn’t play well others. There are very few exceptions to this… the Rob Roy (a Scotch Manhattan) and well, ice. Other than that, it’s pretty much a collection of ill conceived notions. This drink, however, is an exception.
3/4 oz. Scotch (something blended)
3/4 oz. Cherry Heering
3/4 oz. Sweet Vermouth
3/4 oz. Orange Juice
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
This one comes from a great new addition to our cocktail library, In the Land of Cocktails: Recipes and Adventures from the Cocktail Chicks by Ti Adelaide Martin and Lally Brennan, proprietresses of that noble brass rail, the Commander’s Palace in New Orleans.
My opinion is that the cocktail is a bit on the sweet side, but B really liked this one. Personally, I think that dropping all of the ingredients except the Scotch to 1/2 oz and adding a dash or two of orange bitters would be a substantial improvement, which it turns out to be.