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Scottish Margarita

September 9,10  2010 (part of Cocktail Chronicle)

Definitely my favorite Scotch cocktail so far. And undoubtedly it will be even better if I had used 100% Laphroaig.

I just couldn’t do it.

It truly *pains* me to put single malt from Islay in a mixed drink. The recipe actually calls for Ardbeg but the only Ardbeg I have is Uigeadail. No way.

As a compromise, I use 50% Laphroaig 10 and 50% Jack Daniel’s Black. The smoky, peaty character of Laphroaig still  comes through, along with the additional fragrance of Grand Marnier and the fresh juices. Love it.

The lemon and lime juices are cut by 25% for a stronger and peatier drink but that’s just a personal preference.

Instead of plain old kosher salt for the rim treatment, I use the Mexican condiment Tajin which is a salt, chili, lime juice concentrate mixture. It’s fun.

Based on Scottish Margarita from MIXSHAKESTIR (Makes 2)

  • Kosher Salt, or Tajin for the rim
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 2 oz single malt from Islay, I.e. Ardbeg, Laphroig, Lagavulin … etc.
  • 2 oz cheaper scotch like Jack Daniel’s Black
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 0.75 oz lemon juice
  • 0.75 oz lime juice


  1. Moisten the rim with the lime wedge or just water if using Tajin. Dip the rim of the 2 glasses in the salt mixture to get a nice and even coating. Chill the glasses until serving time.
  2. Put ice, and all the ingredients in the shaker. Shake vigorously. Pour into the chilled and rim-treated glasses with additional ice and serve.

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