Don Lockwood Whiskey Cocktail

Don Lockwood
Don Lockwood cocktail / Photo by Aaron Graubart

Adapted from Abraham Hawkins, bartender, Dutch Kills, Long Island City, NY

Warming caramel, vanilla and spice make whiskey a popular end-of-night tipple. Bourbon is often a nightcap staple, as is Scotch. The Don Lockwood uses a bit of each to create a pleasing, sweet-smoky effect reminiscent of that last bite of a s鈥檓ore just as the campfire embers billow out. Don鈥檛 fret if you haven鈥檛 got both Bourbon and Scotch on hand鈥攋ust double up on one, as the drink works with any whiskey. Splitting the base between the two just adds nuance. Though not exactly a smoked bourbon cocktail, the smokiness from the Scotch can be reminiscent of cozy fall and winter nights or breezy, warm afternoons sitting on the front porch.

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  • 1 ounce Bourbon
  • 1 ounce Scotch, preferably smoky, like those from Islay
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 2 dashes chocolate bitters
  • Long orange peel, for garnish

In rocks glass, combine all ingredients except garnish. Add large ice cube and stir. Garnish with orange peel.

Published on September 24, 2018