Nothing chases the cold away like a glass of Scotch whisky. Variety, however, is always a welcome guest in my home. Here's a little something that I came up with to shoo the recent cold snap. I named this cocktail the MacGuffin because of the main ingredient and because, like the plot device that Hitchcock popularized, it's a keeper, but it keeps getting away. I suspect that I'll be chasing this MacGuffin through the years.
In his classic work on Scotch whisky, renowned historian and literary critic David Daiches described this cocktail's primary ingredient as "a civilized drink of great range and subtlety that is best consumed with attention and judgement". While we're having a bit of fun with it here, whisky, and whiskey as well, deserves respect, or it'll see you to the floor, my friend. With that kind warning delivered, a toast:
May the best you've ever seen,
Be the worst you'll ever see;
May a moose ne'er leave yer girnal,
Wi' a teardrop in his e'e.
May ye aye keep hale and hearty,
Till ye're auld enough tae dee;
May ye aye be just as happy,
As I wish ye aye tae be.
1 1/2 Ounce single malt Scotch*
1 Ounce Torani Amer
3 Dashes of Regans' Orange Bitters
2 Dashes of Fernet Branca
Stir it up slowly and serve it up with a twist of orange peel.