I’ve had Ardbeg on my mind since the Scotch class I just blogged about. And somehow the richness, depth, power, and beauty of Ardbeg feel like a perfect fit for that night celebrating my husband’s birthday with friends. So I made the Ardbeg Supremacy — one of my favorite cocktails! To my knowledge, it is an original cocktail from the talented crew at Tradition in the heart of San Francisco’s wonderful Tenderloin. I fell in love with this smokey, peaty, a bit sweet drink when my friend Lisa introduced me to it at the bar.
Here’s the recipe: 1 oz Monkey Shoulder (a really nice blended malt Scotch though the original recipe calls for Black Bottle which is a good choice, too), .5 oz Ardbeg 10 Year, .5 oz maple syrup, .5 oz Leopold Bros. New York Sour Apple Liqueur, .75 oz fresh lemon juice. Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a lemon twist.
I prefer this cocktail over a single, large square ice cube as pictured rather than up (Tradition bartenders might well cringe, so please don’t tell). It’s an amazingly complex drink with real interest in each sip. To me, the Ardbeg and the Leopold Bros. flavors pop out the most. If you try it out, please come back and let us know about your experience.