Scotch might not seem like the most likely base for a cocktail. Plenty will still argue that Scotch is for sipping—not polluting with anything other than an ice cube, or maybe a few drops of water if you're feeling frisky. But properly deployed in cocktails, Scotch can take on many roles, whether the aggressive frontrunner or a mellow backdrop to other flavors. Here are ten of our favorites in New York right now—from a light lavender number to a dark, brooding sipper.
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Weatherup, a renowned NYC bartender and the proprietor of Weather Up in Brooklyn, and Tribeca, first visited Austin to watch a friend's bike race and quickly grew fond of the city. "Austin has lots of great coffee, beer, and cocktails, and a lot of good energy," she says. So she trucked her philosophy down to Texas—the third and latest Weather Up is located on Cesar Chavez in East Austin. Wanting to "go big and do it Texas style", the menu at the Austin branch contains 108 classic cocktails.
Beat the heat with this gin and bourbon cocktail that bursts with lime and ginger.
[Photograph: Laren Spirer] There's a strip of Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights that is home to expertly made cocktails. Somewhat like its Manhattan counterpart (17th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, where Rye House and Raines Law Room are located),...