When you think of summer cocktails, Scotch probably isn’t the first spirit to come to mind. But this simple Scotch drink, on the menu as the Ontosoroh at Carlyle, makes a sweet and smoky sip on a summer day:
2 oz Scotch
.75 oz Swedish punsch
.5 oz lemon juice
Shake over ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a lemon twist. It’s simple to make with just three ingredients but the punsch brings plenty of complexity.
The choice of Scotches matters. I’ve found that Johnnie Walker Black works really well, other brands not so much. Recipes for punsch vary too. Mine is here and is smokier than many. When this all comes together it’s pretty nice.