When I was going to bartending school (seemed like a good idea at the time), I liked the different drinks that were new to me. As I was in college, I was familiar with the standards, your Old Fashioneds, your Mai Tais, your Margaritas, those were old hat. What intrigued me were the new-fangled (only new to me, as they were all classics) drinks. One of my favorites? Oh, that’s easy. See, my final drink of the night (when not a Whisky Sour) used to always be whatever amaretto booze you have on the rocks. Imagine my delight when there was a cocktail with that plus Scotch. Oh yes. Allow me to reintroduce you to the Godfather.
I’d like to wax long and poetic about the majesty of this cocktail — talk about how complicated and fancy the preparation is and all of that. Sadly, I can’t.
It’s dead simple.
Though, as I’ve gotten a little more experience in life, I’ve come to realize that it’s not the complicated things that taste good, it’s the simple things. Celebrating the simplicity of ingredients, food and preparations really do make some amazing meals.
With this you’re going to need all of two ingredients: amaretto liqueur and Scotch. As you only have two, don’t skimp here.
Luckily, our friends from Usquaebach hooked us up with their Reserve Premium Blend, so we were set on the Scotch front of the cocktail. The smokiness, notes of vanilla and spices worked perfectly for this.
Then it was just a matter of our amaretto liqueur and we were good to go!
This, for me, is a perfect after (or before, or during) drink. A little sweet, a little smoky, a lot of awesome.
Go ahead, go make yourself one.
Now, onto the Godfather!
- 1.5 oz. Scotch
- 1.5 oz. amaretto liqueur
- Glass type: old fashioned
- Orange peel
- Add your Scotch and amaretto liqueur to your cocktail stirring glass.
- All booze means stir.
- Add ice.
- Gently now.
- Pour into your old-fashioned glass.
- Garnish with a jaunty piece of orange peel.
- Smoky and sweet.