The Straw Dog is a rare strawberry cocktail that isn’t overly-sweet; the single muddled strawberry provides a wonderful freshness not typically found in scotch-whisky drinks. It’s a masterful interplay of flavors, and we’d expect no less from its creator, the brilliant Thomas Waugh, of Death & Co.
Waugh calls for Compass Box Asyla, a mild, blended scotch. We’d stick with blended scotch rather than a big smoky single malt; it’s even lovely with the more muted flavors of Japanese whisky.
- 1 whole Strawberry
- 1½ parts Scotch or Japanese whisky
- 1 part Blanc vermouth
- ¾ part Lemon juice
- ½ part Simple syrup
- 1 dash Grapefruit bitters
Muddle the strawberry in a shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients and ice, and shake well. Double-strain through a fine mesh strainer into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a fresh strawberry.
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- Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails by David Kaplan and Nick Fauchald