While the non-discerning drinker is more likely to be familiar with the lexical meaning of ‘Scotch Mist’, the connoisseur’s mind will immediately conjure up an image of the svelte Lauren Bacall. The drink made its Hollywood debut in 1946 in Howard Hawks’s masterpiece – The Big Sleep. Incidentally, that was also the first adaptation of the Raymond Chandler page turner for the silver screen.
Although, the image of the stoic and perpetually smoking Humphrey Bogart is etched in the minds of most cinephiles, whiskey lovers will remember the femme fatale Vivian Rutledge ordering a Scotch Mist. Interestingly, the origins of the drink are shrouded in mystery, despite being associated with Philip Marlowe.
Mix your own Scotch Mist
Take a chilled low ball or rock glass and fill it with crushed ice. Pour 60 ml of Scotch, a Dewar's Scratched Cask or The Black Grouse will be an excellent choice. Take a sliver of lemon and twist it so that the juice falls into the glass. Conclude by dropping the peel in the mix and serve the drink with a straw.
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