The Islay Trek Cocktail

This libation brings out the best of Laphroaig's Select Single Malt Scotch Whisky with fresh lemon juice, dry curaçao, and ginger bitters.

Scotch Whisky Cocktail Recipe: How to Make the Islay Trek From Laphroaig
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National Scotch Day wouldn’t be, well, National Scotch Day without imbibing a few sips—or more than a few, we’re not judging—of Laphroaig, one of the finest and most popular single malt Scotch whiskies out there.

Of course, plenty of veteran Scotch enthusiasts like their whiskey neat. But if you’re the cocktail type—or if you’re just looking for a new way to enjoy your signature tipple—then this drink, crafted by Patrick Natola in Chicago, is the one to make.

Notes of candied orange from the Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao, fresh lemon juice, a dash of ginger bitters, and bit of simple syrup for sweetness all work together to bring out the unique flavors Laphroaig drinkers know and love. A few sips will make you feel like you’re in Islay, an island off the west coast of Scotland after which this cocktail is named, making for the ultimate Scotch Day celebration.

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Prep time

5 min.

  • 2 parts Laphroaig Select Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • 1/2 part Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
  • 3/4 part fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 part simple syrup
  • Dash of ginger bitters

Shake over ice and serve up in a coupe glass.