Lowder Specs

An Easy List of 178 (Modern) Classics to Know – 2016 Edition



Scotch whiskey is an extremely versatile category with a huge range of flavors and styles. The only thing that keeps Scotch from being more represented as a cocktail ingredient is the high price tag. Because Scotch tends to be on the expensive side, scotch whiskey cocktail recipes have traditionally focused on more mild blended whiskies like J&B, Cutty Sark, or Famous Grouse. These whiskies are priced well for cocktailing, and perform in drinks in a way that’s similar to Irish whiskies.

Because single malts can be extremely expensive, scotch whiskey cocktails usually don’t commit to using large measurements of top-shelf bottles. Instead, it’s more common to just rinse a glass with an intense, smoky whiskey like Laphroaig, and then make the actual cocktail with a cheaper blended scotch. The resulting cocktail will still have a balanced accent of that briny smoke, but the drink will still be light in character and low in cost. When mixing, always remember that with smoky Islay scotch whiskies, a little bit goes a long, long way.

More and more, companies like Compass Box are releasing new bottlings of blended/vatted malt whiskies and blended grain whiskies. These are some delicious products that are full of texture and character but dodge the high price point of a single malt whiskey. Check to see if these bottlings have costs that work for your bar, and then experiment to see which whiskey your team likes best. These whiskies work especially well in stirred drinks where a drink can benefit from that extra oily texture.


Scotch Stirred


1. Bobby Burns

a. 2 oz. Blended Malt Whiskey

b. .75 oz. Punt e Mes

c. .25 oz. Benedictine

i. Stir/Strain/Coupe/Lemon twist


2. Prince Edward

a. 2 oz. Blended Malt Whiskey

b. .75 oz. Lillet Blanc

c. .5 oz. Drambuie

d. 2 dashes Orange Bitters

i. Stir/Strain/Coupe/Orange twist


3. Tattletale

a. 1.25 oz. Highland Scotch Whiskey

b. .75 oz. Islay Scotch Whiskey

c. Barspoon Honey Syrup (2:1)

d. 3 dashes Angostura Bitters

i. Built in large rocks glass/Large ice/Short stir/Orange and lemon twists


Scotch Shaken


1. Mamie Taylor

a. 2 oz. Blended Scotch Whiskey

b. .75 oz. Fresh Lime

c. .5 oz. Ginger Syrup

i. Shake/Strain/Collins glass/Ice/Top with Ginger Beer/Finish with 4 dashes Angostura bitters over the top/Lime wedge/Straw


2. Morning Glory Fizz

a. 2 oz. Blended Scotch Whiskey

b. .75 oz. Fresh Lemon

c. .75 oz. Simple Syrup (1:1)

d. 1 Egg White

i. Dry shake/Shake/Fine strain/Absinthe-rinsed fizz glass/1 oz. seltzer/Express lemon peel over the top


3. Penicillin

a. 2 oz. Blended Scotch Whiskey

b. .75 oz. Fresh Lemon

c. .35 oz. Ginger Syrup

d. .35 oz. 3:1 Honey Syrup (2:1)

i. Shake/Fine strain/Large rocks glass/Large ice/Float .25 oz. Peated scotch whiskey over the top/NO STRAW