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Scotch whisky has long been a regent among spirits, one of the world’s great treasures from one of the world’s most rugged and beautiful places. And while sipping Scotch neat is always a good way to experience the spirit, its distinctive characteristics can bolster cocktails of all kinds. These 23 Scotch cocktails highlight the spirit’s versatility and mixability.

Affinity Cocktail An understated mix of Scotch, Byrrh and dry vermouth.

Apres Ski An Old Fashioned variation that’s all about comfort.

Avenue The spice is nice in this sultry sipper.

First Wave From Chicago’s Sportsman’s Club comes this delicious combo of Scotch, amaro, citrus and cider.

Fly By Night Scotch and ginger find sweet harmony in this bitters-boosted cocktail.

Ichor and Glass An orange-infused Scotch sets apart this Blood and Sand riff.

Islay Daiquiri Smoky Scotch stands in for rum in this riff.

The Legend of Jock Stein Sweet, nutty, spiced and a little smoky.

Lodge Negroni In this Negroni twist, scotch replaces gin, and coffee liqueur enters the mix.

Minch’s Lure An opportunity to explore the softer side of Scotch.

Ode To Viceroy Scotch meets the zing of ginger syrup and the spice of falernum.

Peat’s Dragon A double dose of smoke inspired the name of this cocktail.

Plaid on Plaid This Whisky Sour taps the depth and smokiness of two types of Scotch.

Red Morning Light Smoky Scotch meets bittersweet Campari.

No Sleep ‘Till A smoky and spiced Brooklyn riff.

Penicillin A modern classic.

Scotch and Coconut A split base of rum and Scotch, combines with curaçao and coconut.

Scotch Lodge Cynar, Punt e Mes, orange bitters and orange liqueur round out the bill.

Sinker Scotch Cocktail Scotch gets the tropical treatment.

Storm King Scotch, nocino, Bénédictine and bitters make for perfect wintertime sipping.

Tall as a Tree and Twice as Shady A fresh and fruity blended Scotch sipper gone tropical.

The Wildest Redhead A warming scotch cocktail with honey and allspice dram.

This & That A peachy take on the Penicillin.

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