Dear SOS: I just had the best cocktail of my life last night at the Tasting Kitchen in Venice. It was called the Braveheart — an off-the-menu scotch drink with ginger and lemon. Any chance you could find out the recipe?
Dear Jean: A touch of fresh lemon and ginger juice give a subtle tang to blended scotch in this wonderful concoction, sweetened with just a hint of honey. I'll definitely be making this one again.
Tasting Kitchen's Braveheart
Total time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Note: Adapted from Tasting Kitchen. Tasting Kitchen's fresh ginger juice is a ratio of 2 parts juiced ginger to 1 part simple syrup (its simple syrup is 2 parts sugar to 1 part water). To juice fresh ginger, purée or grate peeled ginger and strain, discarding or saving the solids for another use. Tasting Kitchen shakes and serves the cocktail using single large rocks of ice.
2 ounces blended scotch
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
3/4 ounce ginger juice
1/4 ounce cocktail honey (3 parts honey, 1 part hot water)
2 dashes bitters, preferably Angostura
Combine the scotch, lemon juice, ginger juice, cocktail honey and bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain and serve over ice in a bucket glass.