Islay whiskies present a challenge to the cocktail buff. The peat, the smoke and the iodine is a peculiar mixture more usually reserved for the single malt aficionado than the cocktail connoisseur. I have I found though, that a quality gin often provides the basis to bring forward the nuances of a fine whisky in a cocktail. So I decided to mix gin with an Islay whisky in this cocktail. The recipe I came up with is very similar to a recipe in the Internet Cocktail Database called, The Automobile, which calls for a regular Scotch instead of an Islay Scotch. I also added a touch of Cointreau to help ease the smoke. In keeping with the theme of automobiles and smoky scotch I thought I would call my cocktail, The Smokey Carburetor.
1 1/2 oz Islay Scotch (I used McClelland’s Single Malt Islay Whisky)
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