Scotch Old Fashioned

Grant Achatz


Nick Kokonas

Alinea - the Aviary, and Next, Chicago

Micah Melton

The Aviary Cocktail Book

Allen Hemberger

The Aviary Cocktail Book

Sarah Hemberger

The Aviary Cocktail Book

"We suggest a classic blended scotch [for this recipe], but invite you to substitute it with any whisk(e)y you'd like to explore (bourbons/ryes are fair game as well)."—2019 JBF Book Award nominees Grant Achatz, Nick Kokonas, Micah Melton, Allen Hemberger, and Sarah Hemberger


Tonka-Kola Syrup

  • 75 grams water
  • 75 grams demerara sugar
  • 6 grams coarsely crushed tonka beans
  • 5 grams coarsely crushed kola nuts

Scotch Old Fashioned Batch

  • 201 grams Chivas Regal 18 Year Blended Scotch Whisky
  • 50 grams water
  • 17 grams tonka-kola syrup
  • 3 grams Angostura aromatic bitters

To Assemble

  • 2 ounces (60 ml) scotch old fashioned batch
  • 1 orange peel, removed with peeler


Make the Tonka-Kola syrup: combine all the ingredients in small saucepan and bring to simmer over medium heat, whisking to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat, cover, and allow to steep for 1 hour. Strain [the mixture] through a fine-mesh sieve. Transfer to a glass bottle. Reserve in the refrigerator.

Make the scotch old fashioned batch: combine all the ingredients in medium bowl, stirring to mix thoroughly. Strain [the mixture] into a glass bottle. Transfer to the freezer to chill thoroughly.

To assemble: Place a small hand-chipped chunk of ice into a small glass. Pour the scotch old-fashioned portion over ice. Express (pinch) the orange peel over drink. Discard the peel.


Scotch Old Fashioned is excerpted from The Aviary Cocktail Book© by 2018 The Alinea Group, Allen Hemberger, Sarah Hemberger, Micah Melton Nick Kokonas, Grant Achatz. Photography © 2018 by Allen Hemberger and Sarah Hemberger. Reproduced by permission of the Alinea Group. All rights reserved.


4 servings