Martinis, which usually comprise vodka or gin, branch out every once in a while to include more seldom-poured liquors like Scotch. Scotch, which is actually a type of whiskey known as Scotch whisky, has to be distilled in Scotland and aged in oak barrels for a certain length of time to be legally classified as Scotch. Although Scotch is usually savored by itself or on ice with a splash of something, you can mix it into martinis for extraordinary flavors that pack the same amount of punch.
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A few Scotch martinis take their cue from vodka and gin martinis by containing nothing but alcoholic ingredients. The Beadlestone martini follows other martinis' recipes to a tee but substitutes Scotch as the base liquor; to mix one, pour two parts Scotch and one part dry vermouth on the rocks, stir, then strain into a chilled cocktail or martini glass. One of the most famous Scotch martinis, the Rob Roy, is named after the notable Scot; to make one, chill and stir five parts Scotch with one part sweet vermouth and a splash of bitters, then garnish with a maraschino cherry.
Splashes of Scotch
A couple of potent martinis are like regular martinis with only a touch of Scotch for added flavor and color. The smoky martini starts out as a gin martini, then adds just a splash of Scotch into the mix; stir six parts gin, two parts dry vermouth and one teaspoon of Scotch for every 0.5 ounce of vermouth, then garnish with a lemon twist. The dreamy dorini martini is like a straight vodka martini, but with hints of Scotch and anise-flavored liqueur; stir four parts vodka, one part Scotch and a couple of splashes of Pernod, then garnish with a lemon twist.
Fruit juices might not be your first choice as a mixer for a Scotch on the rocks, but they work surprisingly well in Scotch martinis. The Scotch blossom martini is just the right drink for orange lovers; stir six parts Scotch with three parts each orange liqueur and orange juice, then strain into a chilled cocktail or martini glass and garnish with an orange twist. Another fruity Scotch martini that's a bit on the sour side, the summer Scotch cocktail martini comprises four parts each Scotch and grapefruit juice and one part dry vermouth, garnished with a lime slice or twist.
Some Scotch martinis also work as dessert cocktails or after-dinner drinks. The Scotch Alexander is a simple twist on the classic brandy Alexander; pour equal parts Scotch, white cream de cacao and heavy cream into an ice-filled cocktail shaker, shake, then strain into a cocktail or martini glass and top with a pinch of nutmeg. Another dessert Scotch martini that's heavy on both booze and chocolate is the Bilbo Baggins martini, named after the famous Hobbit; chill four parts gin, two parts Scotch and one part each dark creme de cacao and heavy cream, then strain into a cocktail or martini glass.
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