|The Lost Wager. Photo: LeNell Smothers|
Do you ever get a little argumentative when you've imbibed a little too much? Alcohol consumption often does loosen up the tongue. After a few drinks with my best friend Ben, I recently got all belligerent about Scotch cocktails.
Anybody who knows me knows I love my American whiskeys: bourbon, rye, wheat, even corn whiskey. I'll always prefer bourbon over Scotch -- although, I do enjoy plenty of Scotch whiskeys too. But I've rarely had a Scotch cocktail that made me want to come back for more.
Ben tells me that I made a bet under the influence of bourbon that there was no such thing as a good Scotch cocktail. Taking the challenge, he put his magic fingers to work. We discovered the wonderful pairing of fresh ginger, almond syrup called "orgeat," Scotch and soda water. Needless to say I lost the bet and this twist on the classic scotch and soda was born. I came back for more, too.
The Lost Wager
6 quarter-size ginger slices
1 1/2 ounces Scotch
1 ounce orgeat
Muddle ginger. Add orgeat and Scotch. Stir. Strain into ice filled Collins glass. Top with splash of soda water.