The Evolution

Matthew Kelly / Supercall

At Stoke in Charlotte, NC, this super-sized scotch cocktail is poured from a French press into a coffee cup. “So you can drink it at breakfast,” Sean Potter, the restaurant’s head of Eat and Drink, jokes. As the cocktail sits and steeps, the heavy, peaty scotch flavor dissipates, balanced by the herbaceous, savory thyme. Drink it how you like: Let it sit or plunge and pour right away. The choice is yours, as is the decision of whether or not to share it.

The Evolution

Sweet, Dry


  • 3 oz scotch
  • 1 Scoop Mint Tea
  • 12 oz Lemon Iced Tea
  • 2 Lemon
  • 2 Orange
  • 2 small sprigs thyme


Step one

Build ingredients in a French press. Pump press down and leave raised a quarter inch below liquid.

Step two

Let steep for one minute.

Step three

Press pump completely down when ready to serve, pour into a coffee cup and garnish with a sprig of thyme.

Contributed by Sean Potter