I really like this cocktail. Every time I make it I imagine myself in some 1920’s speakeasy mixing up an illegal concoction for a thirsty law breaker. Maybe it’s a politician or a policeman on the take. A mobster or an everyday Joe just looking to wash away his day and add a little refinement in his evening. Maybe it’s a couple of suburbanites out for a night of adventure. That’s why I love cocktails from this era. Your imagination can run wild with the type of folks who ordered them during the so-called Noble Experiment.
Strangely enough this cocktail smells a bit like orange juice. The anise accents from the Anisette mix with the citrus and creates a strange lemon orange licorice flavor that is quite nice. The scotch comes through with a peppering of malt and smoke that rounds out the cocktail beautifully. By mixing up the scotch used you could easily change the cocktail to be sweeter if you use a blend or smoky if you use an Islay. For this one I like it right in the middle using a mildly smoky scotch to give a little extra depth to the cocktail without overwhelming it.
the Modern Cocktail
1.5 oz Scotch
3/4 tsp Anisette
1/2 tsp Lemon
1/2 tsp Jamaican Rum
1 dash Orange Bitters
shake well with ice, strain into cocktail glass and garnish with a cherry