by Gaz Regan · Thursday, April 19th, 2012 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2011

Adapted from a recipe by Adam James McGurk, Hawksmoor, Seven Dials,London.

“The intention behind this drink was to create an accessible drink to introduce people to scotch. The 10-year-old Glenmorangie works well as it is, in itself, an accessible whisky, light and fruity. But it can work well with others, as the ingredients showcase all light fruity styles well and work great with richer sherry notes found whiskies such as Glenfarclas 12-year-old. The addition of orgeat was a natural choice as both almonds and apricots are drupes (stone fruit). The drink shares its name with the book and musical set in Scotland, which tells of a mysterious blessed town that appears for just one day once every 100 years.” Adam James McGurk.

5 ml (.17 oz) orgeat

15 ml (.5 oz) fresh lemon juice

20 ml (.66 oz) apricot brandy

45 ml (1.5 oz) Glenmorangie Original scotch whisky

1 orange twist, as garnish

Shake over ice and strain into a chilled coupette or cocktail glass, or over cubed ice in a rocks glass. Add the garnish.

gaz sez:  Nice and simple, and simply fabulous.  I love Glenmorangie—it was the first single malt distillery I ever visited (1992) and I have very warm memories of that trip.  Thanks, Anthony.  Thanks, Alex.

This is one of 2011’s 101 Best New Cocktails.

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