In this robust but refreshing cocktail, St-Germain, a liqueur of handpicked elderflower essence, dances effortlessly with Redbreast, an Irish whiskey aged in sherry and Bourbon casks. The floral character of the elderflower liqueur gently cuts the bite of the whiskey, while the hint of Scotch offers a finish with dimension. Recipe courtesy of Phil Ward, Death & Company, New York City. —LARRY PERERA
- 2 ounces of Redbreast pure pot still Irish whiskey
- 1⁄2 ounce of St-Germain elderflower liqueur
- 1 dash of orange bitters
- 1 rinse of Laphroaig single malt Scotch
- 1 twist of lemon
Rinse the interior of a rocks glass with
Laphroaig, slinging out any excess. Stir the Redbreast, St-Germain and bitters in a mixing glass, then strain into a rinsed rocks glass. Sprinkle the oil from a lemon peel into the glass, then rub along the rim, then discard the peel. Serve without ice.