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Oct 31, 2011 09:17 AM

How Can I Make Cheap Scotch Palatable

Let me preface this post by saying: I do not like/appreciate scotch.

Recently, my mother came across about 35 bottles of cheap, old scotch from my grandfather's liquor store-owning days. Mostly it is Dewars, J & B, and some off brands like Old Smuggler.

So I inherited all this scotch, but I really don't like it. Any ideas on mixers/cocktails/anything I can do to make this scotch drinkable to a non-scotch lover?

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  1. First two I thought of are a Mamie Taylor and a Blood & Sand. Mamie Taylor is like a Buck or Mule: Scotch, lime juice, and ginger beer (or ginger ale). Blood & Sand is equal parts Scotch, Cherry Heering, O.J., and sweet vermouth.

    Others like a Rob Roy or Rusty Nail will probably taste more like Scotch.

    1. Honey always helps smooth things out. Here's one that was created by Jackson Cannon of Eastern Standard. Other Scotches will work, but they use Dewar's.

      The Dancing Scotsman
      1 oz Dewar's Scotch
      1 oz Lemon Juice
      1 oz Honey Syrup
      Shake with ice and strain into a coupe. Fill with sparkling wine (~1 oz) and garnish with a flamed lemon twist dropped in.
      More about this drink:

      1. If I were you, I'd give up. That's too much scotch to drink up for someone who doesn't like it. Drink something you like. Maybe to can trade some of it for something you like.

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        1. re: EvergreenDan

          Anyone in Manhattan want to trade for some scotch?

        2. Sounds like you're set for a "several" bring a bottle to the party ....