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Smokey Carburetor

Islay whiskies present a challenge to the cocktail buff. The peat, the smoke and the iodine is a peculiar mixture more usually reserved for the single malt aficionado than the cocktail connoisseur.    I have I found though, that a quality gin often provides the basis to bring forward the nuances of a fine whisky in a cocktail. So I decided to mix gin with an Islay whisky in this cocktail.  The recipe I came up with is very similar to a recipe in the Internet Cocktail Database called, The Automobile, which calls for a regular Scotch instead of an Islay Scotch. I also added a touch of Cointreau to help ease the smoke.  In keeping with the theme of automobiles and smoky scotch I thought I would call my cocktail,  The Smokey Carburetor.

The Smokey Carburetor

1 1/2 oz  Islay Scotch  (I used McClelland’s Single Malt Islay Whisky)
3/4 oz  Gin
1/2  oz sweet vermouth
1/4 oz Cointreau (optional)
1 dash orange bitters
Stir in mixing glass with ice
Strain and serve
(The Cointreau is optional depending on how severely you want to cut the smoke)


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2 Responses to “Smokey Carburetor”

  1. Sahil Chauhan said

    By this recipe i have a cocktail inspired called ‘Naughty Grace’.
    I work at Hyatt Regency Delhi, India.

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