101 Best New Cocktails, 2012: Butter Lemon Smokeby TJ Vytlacil, Blood & Sand, St. Louis, MO.

by Gaz Regan · Monday, August 27th, 2012 · 101 Best New Cocktails 2012

Butter Lemon Smoke

Adapted from a recipe by TJ Vytlacil, Blood & Sand, St. Louis, MO.

“This drink as taken my bar by storm thanks to one happy guest. The name came from my guest. He is a local musician and told me he likes spice, smoke, citrus and softness. Great descriptors considering he had never really been a cocktail consumer but was interested in what I was doing. After putting this together he said ‘it tastes like butter, lemon and smoke.’ That’s how he orders it now and the drink has become a fun staple. I’m currently using The Fine blended brandy with The Compass Box Peat Monster.” TJ Vytlacil.

45 ml (1.5 oz) Compass Box Peat Monster scotch whisky

30 ml (1 oz) Germain-Robin brandy

22.5 ml (.75 oz) green Chartreuse

22.5 ml (.75 oz) Bénédictine

1 lemon twist, as garnish

Stir over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add the garnish.

gaz sez: I loves me some Peat Monster, and I especially loves me some Peat Monster when it’s well handled in a mixing glass. Here’s another scotch-based masterpiece that goes to show David Embury that whisky isn’t always “a grouchy old bachelor that’s seldom in a marrying mood.” Nicely done, TJ.

This is one of 2012’s 101 Best New Cocktails.

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