Working in a Coal Mine

1 12 oz Scotch
12 oz Sweet vermouth, Carpano Punt e Mes
12 oz Apricot liqueur
12 oz Walnut Liqueur, Nux Alpina (Or Nocino)
1 ds Bitters, Angostura
1 ds Orange bitters
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.
FRY 2021
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  • 4 stars with 1.25 oz blend + 0.25 oz Islay SM. 3 stars with 1.5 oz blend. — ☆☆☆☆
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applejack's picture

What's the recommended type

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

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

yarm's picture

In place of that, I recommend

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

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's picture

It's like a little salt in

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.