1 1⁄4 oz Islay Scotch (see note)
1 oz Tea (Oolong, brewed strong, chilled)
1 oz Bergamot liqueur, Italicus
1⁄2 oz Honey syrup (2:1)
1⁄4 oz Santa Maria al Monte
1 twst Orange peel (as garnish)
Instructions

Short stir, strain, express peel and discard.

Notes

So I'm using Ardbeg's Uigeadail here, which is 108 proof and has some sherry component. I think it's important that there's peat and some sweetness and higher proof - it's got to give punch to the drink. Good substitutes might be Lagavulin Distiller's Edition, or a barspoon of PX sherry in a fat ounce of Laphroaig Cask Strength.

History

So it's definitely fall where I live, and the animals know it. Trees are starting to turn, deer are wandering on the hillside, and a boy's thoughts turn to cooler weather drinks. I imagine this to be something you might drink out of a flask while out hunting. It certainly brings to mind damp cold mornings and forced stillness and quiet while the animal world wakes up.

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Created by
Zachary Pearson
Year
2021
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