The Scotch Enlightenment Cocktail

Mix, sip, and savor this sultry libation from Auchentoshan to celebrate National Scotch Day in style.

Scotch Cocktail Recipe: How to Make the Scotch Enlightenment from Auchentoshan
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The unique mix of exotic flavors and spices (courtesy of the Lustau East India Sherry and black tea-infused Amaro Montenegro) in this cocktail, crafted by Jonathan Shock in New Orleans, were inspired by the southern city’s diverse and eclectic culture.

But it’s National Scotch Day, and when it comes down to it, this enlightened boozy beverage is all about spirit. The spirit being Auchentoshan’s American Oak Single-Malt Scotch Whisky, which has notes of sweet spice and hints of candied orange peel that shine in this deliciously complex cocktail.

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Prep time

10 min.

  • 2 parts Auchentoshan Three Wood Single-Malt Scotch Whisky
  • ​1/2 part Lustau East India Sherry
  • 1/2 part black tea-infused Amaro Montenegro
  • 1/4 part 4:1 honey syrup
  • ​Orange peel (for garnish)
  • Luxardo maraschino cherry (for garnish)​

To make the black tea-infused Montenegro, add four tea bags to one 750ml bottle of Amaro Montenegro, and let infuse for 12-24 hours. Remove tea bags and strain if necessary.

For the honey syrup, combine four parts honey to one part water, and blend until mixed.

Combine all ingredients into mixing glass, add ice and stir. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with orange peel and wrapped cherry.