1 1⁄2 oz Islay Scotch
1⁄2 oz Kirschwasser
3⁄8 oz Vanilla syrup

Shake, strain over rocks and soda, top with another splash of soda.


Originally called A Farewell to Islay.

Cocktail summary
Created by
Rafa García Febles, NYC.
Is the
author's original creation
Not yet rated
4.5 stars
(4 ratings)
Cocktail Book
Log in or sign up to start building your Cocktail Book.
From other users
  • Used 1/2 oz lime juice instead of 1 — ★★★★
  • Liked this better than I thought I would, but had a little Cepacol flavor in the finish. Lengthening it with twice the soda is still good. — ★★★
  • Spicy, smoky, tart, effervescent, lingering spice complexity. — ★★★★★
Similar cocktails
  • The Copywriter — Irish whiskey, Sweet vermouth, Soda water, Lemon juice, Honey syrup, Lemon peel
  • Surfer Rosa — Mezcal, Bénédictine, Sweet vermouth, Club soda, Lemon juice
  • Soul Love — Mezcal, Rye, Campari, Bitters, Soda water, Ginger syrup, Lime juice, Lime
  • Bar Eats You — Mezcal, Sarsaparilla soda, Lime juice, Demerara syrup
  • Nancy Whiskey — Irish whiskey, Branca Menta, Soda water, Lemon juice, Ginger syrup, Honey syrup, Nutmeg, Lemon peel
  • Tombstone Mule — Mezcal, Ginger beer, Lemon juice, Honey syrup
  • Sol y Sombra — Mezcal, Champagne, Lime juice, Serrano syrup, Mint
Dan commented on 6/13/2014:

The vanilla syrup terrifies me. I need to face my fears.

I never saw much need for vanilla syrup (with so many other ingredients, including most brown spirits, having strong vanilla flavors already) but after working with it in my bar I have to admit it has its uses, particularly when paired with white spirits that don't usually get the barrel treatment (kirsch here, but also genever).

This drink was inspired by a sour from Momofuku Ssam Bar that mixes Smith & Cross with a touch of Laphroaig and a house-made vanilla-clove syrup.

laerm commented on 9/22/2015:

Finally, yes, something worthy of the vanilla superfine sugar I made a while back (figuring it's easy to turn it into a syrup in a moment). This is one of those things that is so good that you just kinda giggle at first sip. I think I made my syrup a bit on the saturated side, but whatever: those little flecks of vanilla bean floating on top are so lovely.

Also, maybe I'm boneheaded not to realize this sooner, but pouring over the soda holds the froth from shaking very well. I won't forget that trick. Thanks!