Islay 75

March 5, 2014

Author Notes: This recipe was created by Niah Bystrom, bar manager of Essex.

To make what is called "rich" simple syrup, combine 2 parts sugar and 1 part water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, and cook, stirring regularly, until the sugar is fully dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, and chill thoroughly before using.

Serves: 1


  • Laphroaig Scotch, for rinsing
  • 1 1/2 ounces Applejack
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed juice from an orange, Cara Cara orange, blood orange, or tangerine
  • 1/2 ounce rich simple syrup (2:1 sugar to water)
  • Chilled hard cider, such as Tieton, Anthem, or Strongbow
  • Thinly sliced lemon, for garnishing
In This Recipe


  1. Pour a small amount -- maybe a scant teaspoon -- of Laphroig into a Champagne flute or coupe. Swirl the glass to evenly coat. In a cocktail shaker, combine Applejack, orange juice, and rich simple syrup. Add ice, and shake well. Strain into the prepared glass; then top up with cider. Garnish with a slice of lemon, and serve immediately.

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