With a name as literal as that to boot, one can only imagine the ‘auspicious’ circumstances under which this cheeky cocktail recipe was born. Back in the 19th century, the moralists had a temporary victory over ‘societal evils’ when a ban was imposed on the production, import, and sale of alcohol. Now, every law has its loopholes and those that favoured a drink were only too happy to give two hoots to the law. A drink born with such elan is, no wonder, a total winner at the bar. Fun fact, even though the Prohibition affected the United States, it was the revolutionary Parisians who came up with a drink to scoff at the law, and hence: The Scofflaw. Traditionally made with bourbon, here’s a fresh new take on the cocktail with Irish whiskey filling in the shoes of bourbon.
Mix your own Scofflaw…
You’d need 60 ml of Jameson’s Irish Whiskey, 30 ml of dry vermouth, 15 ml of grenadine syrup, 8 ml of freshly-squeezed lime juice. Now, pour everything in a shaker and get shaking. Once you’ve strained your muscles from all the shaking, you’ll be ready for the next step. Guess what? It’s really simple. Just add in two dashes of orange bitters, crushed ice and shake some more. Strain and pour into a chilled glass. Decorate with an orange peel twirl and you ready to ‘scoff’ at the ‘law.
The Jameson’s fruity-floral nose, subtle spicy palate marries beautifully into the bitterness from the orange liquor and the aromatic sweetness of the vermouth. Hints of sherry in the Irish blend balances the tang from the lemon and elevates the drink to cocktail heaven. Try The Scofflaw, you may always end up ordering it at the bar or mixing it for house parties--it is indeed that good.
The Japanese Whiskey Highball is a cocktail that has baffled many over the last few decades, except the Japanese, of course. It is simple, yet highly sophisticated, using only three ingredients – whiskey, ice and sparkling water.
One might wonder how such a simple concoction can turn into something sophisticated, well, that’s exactly where the Japanese step in.
“I live in a constant endeavour to fence against the infirmities of ill health, and other evils of life, by mirth; being firmly persuaded that every time a man smiles,—but much more so, when he laughs, it adds something to this Fragment of Life.”
You wake up in the morning to strains of the classic “American Pie” by Don McLean playing somewhere and you instantly start singing along. Next thing you know, it already feels like summer and you want to fix a drink. But you don’t want it to be too heavy, just something refreshing to complement your breakfast-- almost like a glass of fresh fruit juice.