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In honor of National Scotch Day on July 27, mix up this drink that proves Scotch whiskey isn’t just for sipping neat.

The whiskey cocktail is the point of origin for modern drinks. Its formula—spirit, sugar, water, and bitters—is a cocktail’s skeleton, the bones on which to hang some pretty shapely variations.

The Nuevo Viejo, from Prizefighter, one of my favorite bars in California, combines the peaty musculature of Scotch with the supple sweetness of Grade B maple syrup. It’s windblown and easygoing, exactly the qualities I like in a whiskey cocktail. Cheers.

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Prizefighter’s Nuevo Viejo Cocktail

Makes 1 drink

  • 2 ounces blended Scotch whisky
  • 1/4 ounce pure maple syrup (preferably Grade B)
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • Orange peel, for garnish

1. Place an Old Fashioned glass in the freezer until chilled, at least 5 minutes.

2. Combine the Scotch, maple syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker and fill it halfway with ice. Stir until the outside of the shaker is frosted. Strain the drink into the chilled Old Fashioned glass. Rub the orange peel around the rim of the glass, then drop it in.

Check out our other Scotch drink recipes for some surprisingly delicious combinations.

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John Birdsall published the original version of this story in 2014. We’ve updated it with additional links, images, and text, but we’re happy to report that Prizefighter is still open—currently filling online orders for local residents. Also, Grade B maple syrup is now known as Grade A Dark.

Nuevo Viejo photo by Chris Rochelle

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