Drink of the Week
Text and illustrations copyright Craig
Mrusek Illustration & Design
1.5 oz. Blended Scotch (Pig's Nose is great for this
.75 oz. Amer Picon
.5 oz. Orgeat
.5 oz. Fresh lime juice
1/8 tsp. Absinthe
1 dash Fee's rhubarb bitters
Shake everything with ice and strain into
double old-fashioned glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a lime
slice and a cherry.
This recipe uses the venerable Mai Tai as a
loose template, retaining the lime juice and orgeat, but swapping in some
new players to take things in a different direction (toward the Hebrides,
it seems). It may look a bit odd at first glance, but give it a go.
Scotch has a reputation as being somewhat uncooperative in cocktails (with
a few notable exceptions), but using the right one here (I recommend Pig's
Nose or a similar smooth blend) will go a long way toward redeeming Scotch
as a worthwhile cocktail ingredient.
is Dr. Bamboo? Some say he is a renegade scientist who renounced his original
field of study to dedicate himself to the advancement of cocktail culture.
Others claim he is a powerful shaman who practices the forbidden arts of
a long-forgotten civilization. Still others maintain he is actually a traveler
from a faraway world, sent to our planet as an ambassador of intergalactic
fine living. Whatever the truth may be, one thing is certain: He makes
a mean Martini. Vist Dr. Bamboo's