It’s not just for Scotch aficionados
Many great creations have been created to ease newbs into often smoky, AKA “peaty,” Scotch territory. So rather than drink their present neat, your pal can respectably whip up one of these classic Scotch whisky cocktails:
Rob Roy: This one’s simple, as it just requires a mix of sweet vermouth and Scotch. Stir both in a glass with ice till fully chilled, strain it into your most sophisticated cocktail glass, and top with some Angostura bitters. It’s essentially a Manhattan if a Manhattan grew up and started buying all its furniture at West Elm instead of Ikea.
The Godfather: Though it’s not certain how this one got its name, it was supposedly a favorite of Marlon Brando’s -- and, like revenge, it’s best served cold. Scotch meets Amaretto liqueur, served on the rocks and stirred very briefly before drinking.
Rusty Nail: In the premiere episode of Better Call Saul, Saul Goodman is seen pouring Scotch whisky, Drambuie, and lemon juice into a tumbler with ice, commonly known as a Rusty Nail. Had he been more traditional, he would have topped it with a lemon twist, but hey, you make shortcuts after you barely survive altercations with Heisenberg.