Islay 75 (Scotch Cocktails)

March  5, 2014
3 Ratings
Photo by Molly Wizenberg
  • Serves 1
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. —MollyandBrandon

What You'll Need
  • 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
  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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Brandon and Molly met because of a mutual interest in food - or, more specifically, when Brandon read Molly's food blog Orangette and sent her an e-mail that included some very effective compliments. The better part of a decade later, they co-own and run the restaurant Delancey and its sibling Essex, in Seattle. Brandon is the chef of both, and when he's not manning the wood-burning oven, he likes to make things from scratch that more sane people would probably buy, like mustard, vinegars, pretzels, and obscurely flavored liqueurs. Molly is the manager / Organizer of All Things at Delancey and Essex, and she is also the author of the New York Times bestseller A Homemade Life and the forthcoming memoir Delancey. They have a young daughter named June, who is excitedly crawling toward the refrigerator as Molly types this sentence, and two dogs named Jack and Alice.

1 Review

Eve L. January 18, 2015
Do u think this would work with Meyer lemons? My tree is overproducing and I'm tired of lemon drops and marmalade.