While Mark Twain was traveling in London, he wrote home to his wife with a very boozy request. That request has become a classic Scotch cocktail.
The letter read:
“Livy my darling, I want you to be sure & remember to have, in the bathroom, when I arrive, a bottle of Scotch whisky, a lemon, some crushed sugar, & a bottle of Angostura bitters. Ever since I have been in London I have taken in a wine glass what is called a cock-tail (made with those ingredients) before breakfast, before dinner, & just before going to bed.”
Here’s the recipe mixologists are loving these days:
2 oz. Glenfiddich Scotch
1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
2 oz. Simple Syrup
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
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