Affinity Cocktail


Scotch is notoriously difficult to mix with. Much like your drunken uncle at the Thanksgiving table, often times it can be pleasant. But only under the correct circumstances.

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Review – Syndicate 58/6 Scotch Whisky


Cocktails, 365 Rating: ★★★★☆

There those among the scotch camp who turn their nose up at most blended scotches. However, to do that with the Syndicate 58/6 is to do a disservice to a surprisingly rich and complex scotch.

Prego Enferrujado


This variation of the Rusty Nail uses a single malt Islay (we like Ardbeg 10) in place of the recommended blended scotch, giving it a heavier, smokier flavor, and adds just a bit of Tawny port to deepen the sweetness and add a few more layers of flavor.

Whiz-Bang


August 25, 2013 (Day 107) – Whiz-Bang The term Whiz-Bang first showed up in the popular vernacular (or, at least as far linguists can tell) around 1915. It’s used to describe a “one that is conspicuous for noise, speed, excellence, or startling effect.” It also re-entered the lexicon around the 1960s when The Music Man […]

Highland Fling


May 10, 2013 (Day 2) – Highland Fling Thanks to the hooklike words and catchy rhythms of Spamalot, Monty Python is the only thing we can think of whenever we hear the term “Highland Fling.” Because, you know Monty Python AND Broadway Musicals are the way you get the laaaaaadieees. Nevertheless, the Highland Fling is both a dance […]

Laphroaig Part Three: The Verdict


So, after two weeks of playing around with the powerful smoke of the Laphroaig 10 Year, the question still remains – is it worth putting into your cocktails? Our answer: a resounding yes. Laphroaig is an excellent cocktail scotch because it’s outstanding when sipped by itself, but gives a powerful smoke and iodine note that […]

Laphroaig Part Two: Bantam


As we near the amateur hockey season (which is the highlight, as the NHL appears to be on its way to another lockout) you’ll forgive us if our minds turn to the ice and all that comes with the best sport on ice. Or, if you ask us, it’s more the best sport ever. So, […]

Laphroaig Part Two: Kilt Royale


Lazy puns are sometimes the best way to get through to people like us. In fact, that’s how we usually communicate in the Cocktails, 365 test lab. There’s very few instances of what anyone would actually call “conversation” or “complete sentences.” It’s mostly, you know, one-off jokes and shitty puns. So we are absolutely unapologetic […]

Laphroaig Part Two: Smoke and Toddy


As it turns to September, thoughts start to turn to fall. As such, we’re here to set up your arsenal with some toasty cool-weather drinks. Unfortunately, in our house the change of seasons also means the start of head colds. A book agent once told me her father’s favorite recipe for a head cold was […]

Laphroaig 10 Year Part Two: Dry Rob Roy


Because the Laphroaig does offer up such a unique flavor profile, it only seems fair to feature in a cocktail that really focuses on the quality and flavor of the scotch as opposed to any complex mixing styles. The Rob Roy (or, essentially a Manhattan with scotch) really puts the Laphroaig 10 Year front and […]