1 1⁄2 oz Scotch
1⁄2 oz Apricot liqueur
1⁄2 oz Walnut Liqueur, Nux Alpina (Or Nocino)
1 twst Orange peel (As garnish)

Stir with ice, strain into a coupe glass, and garnish with an orange twist.


I was inspired by Misty Kalkofen's Human Rocket that I featured in a video for work. Therefore, I kept the apricot-walnut aspect intact as I riffed on this concept. Instead of Bourbon, I opted for Scotch which worked well with walnut in previous cocktails, and I swapped out the gentian liqueur for Punt e Mes and dashes of bitters. For a name, I kept with the Human Rocket's DEVO theme and named it after another of their songs -- Working in the Coal Mine.

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Picture of Working in a Coal Mine
FRY 2021
Posted by yarm on 2/08/2021
Created by
Frederic Yarm, Boston, MA
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yarm commented on 2/09/2021:

Unless someone changed it, it states a dash as does the link I provided. Why, do you think it needs an ounce?

Fred - I changed it after checking the link yesterday. Thanks,  Zachary

What's the recommended type of scotch for this?  Based on the name, I woulda thought an Islay or something peated, but it's usually specified if that's the case. 

Per the blog post, Fred used Cutty Sark Prohibition, an affordable 100-proof blended scotch that has far more toffee than peat.

yarm commented on 2/14/2021:

In place of that, I recommend 1 1/4 oz blended Scotch + 1/4 oz smoky Islay Single Malt. But Cutty Sark Prohibition is amazing with a higher than average malt to grain whiskey ratio and a higher peat content than most blends for around $25/bottle, I believe.

Wish I'd seen the above comment about 10 minutes ago. I made with 1.5 oz Famous Grouse and found it kind of flat. I added a smidge of Laphroaig 10 which improved it significantly.

yarm commented on 2/17/2021:

It's like a little salt in the soup or Jamaican rum/Rhum Agricole in the Daiquiri: a barspoon or so of smoky Islay Scotch makes things more dynamic.

I endorse subbing in 0.25 oz of Ardbeg within the scotch contribution.