John Lennon once famously said, “I’m an artist, and if you give me a tuba, I’ll bring you something out of it.” Well, I’m like that, but with Laphroaig. What can I say? It’s my muse, my inspiration, and my life partner. So this one here, well, it’s gonna be huge… arguably bigger than Jebus himself.
Where There’s Smoke…
1.5 oz. Blended Scotch (I like White Horse here)
.5 oz. Grade C Maple Syrup
.5 oz. Lemon Juice
Shake, double strain into a rocks glass. Add a few ounces of Laphroaig foam*, and a dash of cayenne pepper over top.
*To make Laphroaig foam, combine five ounces of the balls, plus two of water and three of simple, and four egg whites in an iSi prof-whip canister. Chill and shake before use.
So, truth be told, I love me some peaty Scotch. I mean the smokey stuff – the balls. Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Bowmore, Ardbeg – all the big shots from Islay. And while I haven’t posted too many recipes with the stuff, it’s primarily because I don’t use Scotch in very many cocktails. Actually, I pretty much just drink Scotch neat, out of rocks glass. Or a wine glass. Or any glass. Or no glass, with a straw, out of the bottle. But, there are a handful of cocktails out there that call for Scotch. And usually, they call for the shit. The deep stuff. I’m talking ball city. By which of course I mean extremely peaty Scotch. Try this little biscuit on for size:
The Old Boy
1.5 oz. Laphroaig Scotch Whisky (Lagavulin or Ardbeg would be fine too)
1 oz. Blended Raw Egg
.75 oz. Tawny Port
.75 oz. Simple Syrup
Combine in a shaker over large cubes, and give her hell for at least 30 seconds.
Again, if you’re the type of person that is concerned with Salmonella, it’s a worthy endeavor to wash your eggs in a water with just a dash of bleach, as it can live on the shell of the egg. Back in the day of JT, the eggs he was using were likely much smaller. When a recipe calls for the inclusion of a “whole egg”, I usually use about one ounce. I simply put the egg in a mug, break the yolk, whisk it briefly, and measure it out.
But you know, that’s how I roll.