• Seth, The Boozy Beggar

The Scotch-tinez isn't a good cocktail name

This cocktail needs a name, and boy does it need one fast. This is one of my house standards, which really comes from working with a peated bourbon daily (Two James J. Riddle Peated Bourbon), having a friend that loves the Martinez cocktail (I love it too). Also, because I love scotch in general, somehow being gifted Monkey Shoulder and other affordable, quality blends regularly is a thing. I'm not mad about it.

2 oz of Peated Bourbon or a peatier blended scotch, but Monkey Shoulder works too

1 oz of sweet vermouth¹

1-2 barspoons of Luxardo Maraschino

1/2 eye dropper of your favorite chocolate and/or coffee bitters

Garnish: 1 luxardo cherry

¹ I used Carpano Antica Formula. You need something robust and sweet, and that isn't too citrus heavy, to focus on the interplay between sweet red fruits, smoke and peat and vanilla, and the chocolate-coffee-baking spice notes.

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