The Mariner is a masterful blend of smoke and spice, from none other than the fantastic John Deragon at PDT.
PDT uses Compass Box Oak Cross for their scotch, a milder blend without the huge peat bog flavors of, say, a Laphroaig. If you have a Japanese whiskey on hand, that’d work just as well.
The original recipe calls for black cardamom syrup, which has a smokier flavor than the usual green cardamom – but we admit we couldn’t tell much of a difference in the versions that we tried, so use whatever cardamom syrup you like.
Add all ingredients to an ice-filled short glass. Stir until well chilled, twist a lemon peel over the glass, and use the peel as a garnish.
- The PDT Cocktail Book by Jim Meehan