1 oz Islands Scotch, Talisker
1 oz Calvados
1 twst Orange peel (as garnish)
Instructions

Stir, strain, up, twist.

Notes

Also sometimes made with bourbon rather than Scotch, bringing it closer to Sam Ross' Grandfather cocktail. Adam Manning recommends making it with Scotch, adding a dash of Peychaud's, and replacing the simple with a spoonful of Drambuie.

Cocktail summary
Created by
Erik Lorincz, The American Bar at the Savoy Hotel, London.
Is an
authentic recipe
Curator
Not yet rated
Average
4 stars
(7 ratings)
YieldsDrink
Cocktail Book
Log in or sign up to start building your Cocktail Book.
From other users
  • flavour profiles didn't come together cohesively — ★★
Similar cocktails
  • Naramata — Cognac, Sweet vermouth, Pommeau de Normandie, Peach bitters, Bitters, Orange peel
  • Autumn Leaves — Rye, Apple brandy, Sweet vermouth, Strega, Cinnamon syrup
  • Heathen VC — Rye, Armagnac, Sweet vermouth, Triple sec, Bitters, Absinthe
  • Corpse Reviver #Rob — Brandy, Apple brandy, Gold rum, Sweet vermouth, Bitters
  • That'll Take the Edge Off — Scotch, Sweet vermouth, Herbal liqueur, Peychaud's Bitters, Absinthe, Grapefruit peel
  • Enigma Cocktail — Whiskey, Sweet vermouth, Cherry Liqueur, Herbal liqueur, Peychaud's Bitters
  • Corpse Carré — Cognac, Apple brandy, Sweet vermouth, Bénédictine, Peychaud's Bitters, Lemon peel
  • Eve's Temptation — Apple brandy, Sweet vermouth, Eau de vie of Douglas Fir, Averna, Lemon peel
  • Blue Collar Cocktail — Rye, Sweet vermouth, Maraschino Liqueur, Orange bitters, Bitters, CioCiaro, Lemon peel
  • Zara-ism — Bourbon, Cherry Liqueur, Bitters, Orgeat
Comments

So it's like a Vieux Carre for the North Atlantic (smoky/peaty more than spicy). Lovely. I used Lagavulin 16, because it's what I had, + Peychaud's. The Drambuie would replace the Benedictine so sounds intriguing, but I don't have any on hand.