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Usquaebach Summer Smuggler

Usquaebach Summer Smuggler

Usquaebach Summer Smuggler

First born in 1877, Usquaebach Scotch today is an ode to the ancient whisky craft originating in the Scottish Highlands. The name derives from a Gaelic phrase meaning the water of life, but literally translates to whisky. Still sold in a porcelain flagon, it looks like it has time traveled straight from past. More smooth and refined than when it was first made, Usquaebach doesn’t like to forget its fiery-tasting past or drinkers. Respecting their history in subtle ways, the whisky is now made for fine sipping or to be stirred into craft cocktails for lovers of the spirit with discerning palates.

To celebrate Scotch, Usquaebach is dishing out a recipe for one of their favorite pours, the ?Usquaebach Summer Smuggler. Made simply with vermouth, bitters, and a twist of lemon, this drink is bold, but the fine craftsmanship is still evident. The perfect way to celebrate!

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  • Author: Ryan Judson
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


  • 1 oz Usquebach Reserve
  • 1 oz Contratto Bianco (or Lillet Blanc)
  • 1 oz dry vermouth (like La Quintinye Vermouth Royal)
  • Dash of orange bitters
  • Lemon twist for garnish


  1. Add all ingredients to a mixing glass, and stir until very cold. Strain into a cocktail coupe. Rim the glass with the lemon twist, drop into the drink and serve?
  • Category: Cocktail


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