How to Make a Smoky Scotch Cocktail With Rum and Molasses Bitters

This Is Not a Pipe scotch cocktail
This Is Not a Pipe scotch cocktailCourtesy of Castalia

No tobacco is used, but this recipe is meant to evoke pipe tobacco, explains Kevin Peterson, co-owner of Castalia, a fragrant cocktail bar in Detroit. (By day, it’s a fragrance store. By night, it converts in an 18-seat craft cocktail bar).



“The rum and molasses bitters provide depth and sweetness, and the rye gives it a bit of bite,” Pearson says. If you sidle up to the bar in Detroit, this cocktail is served with a spritz of a tobacco-forward leather fragrance spritzed on the cocktail napkin.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Castalia







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Prep time

5 min.

  • 1oz Detroit City Distillery Homegrown Rye
  • .25oz Laphroaig 10 year Scotch Whisky
  • 1oz Cruzan Black Strap Rum
  • 1oz Dubonnet aperitif
  • 2 dashes Fee Brothers Molasses Bitters
Combine ingredients in a large rocks glass and stir over a single ice cube. Garnish with orange zest.