Growing up, Christmas was hosted by the grandparents with lots of imbibing. Every corner of every room in the house stood a collection of beer, wine and other spirits. One Christmas after the punch bowl contents were served and the bourbon cocktails passed, my great aunt and uncle got into a huge fight. Words were said, tempers flared and then it happened…my aunt shot my uncle in the foot—on purpose after a few highballs! After the family trip to Parkland Hospitals ER, when doctors asked my relatives about the details of the incident it is said that my aunt simply stated it was an accident, and that while her husband was readying the gun for the New Year, she had simply passed him a scotch cocktail and in his attempt to reach for the glass the gun went off thus, in his mishandling of the gun and the cocktail glass, injuring himself. As it happens, my uncle always stated that he should have never switched from vodka to scotch. This event in my family history is one we continue to laugh about every Christmas, as we prepare the punch bowl and make those last trips to the liquor store and try this favorite cocktail of my family and the great Mark Twain before lunch, for lunch and after lunch. I am certain that this oldie but goodie Scotch Cocktail will make the family gatherings fun and memorable, just hide all weapons prior to consuming—Cheers and Happy Holidays!
1.5 oz Scotch Whiskey (Pig Nose is my favorite, it’s really smooth)
.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
Lemon Twist for Garnish
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a Lemon Twist.