Apple of My Islay

1 oz Calvados
1 oz Rye, Rittenhouse 100
1 t Maple syrup
2 ds Bitters, Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas’ Own Decanter
2 ds Bitters (Basement Bitters Bitter Frost)
1 rinse Islay Scotch, Laphroaig 10
1 twst Lemon peel
Rinse OF glass with Scotch. Stir remaining ingredients with ice in a mixing glass, strain, serve over one large cube. Garnish with lemon twist.
Though just a rinse, the Islay Scotch plays an important role. I used vanilla-infused maple syrup, but any grade A medium amber syrup should do the trick. Bitter Frost is a rye-based, sarsaparilla-dominant bitters.
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