This simple-looking cocktail from Gramercy Tavern's fall lineup boasts a surprisingly complex flavor profile. The elegantly layered drink mixes belly-warming Scotch with slightly sweet pear liqueur, plus nutty walnut liqueur and Oloroso sherry.
- 1/4 ounce pear liqueur, such as Belle de Brillet
- 2 ounces blended Scotch, such as Famous Grouse
- 1/2 ounce oloroso sherry, such as Lustau Oloroso "Emperatriz Eugenia"
- 1/4 ounce Purkhart walnut liqueur
- 1 dash orange bitters
- Orange twist
Chill an old-fashioned glass and rinse with pear liqueur, discarding any left in the bottom.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add Scotch, sherry, walnut liqueur, and bitters. Stir for until very cold, about 15 seconds, then strain into pear-rinsed glass.
Curl orange twist over the drink to express oils, rub it zest-side down around the rim of the glass, and then discard twist and serve cocktail.