The Greeks were the villains in the Chanukah story, but they also gave the world some pretty incredible food.
Baklava, the layered nut pastry that’s doused in honey, inspired this cocktail, and it’s by far my favorite Greek dessert. The sweetness and nuttiness of the amaretto play nicely with the smoke of the scotch (though feel free to substitute any nonpeated whiskey instead of scotch if you’re not a fan of smoke). The bitters add a complexity and depth you can’t get from the liquors on their own, though you can leave them out if you’d like.
- 1½ ounces smoky scotch
- ½ ounce amaretto
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- ½ ounce honey syrup
- 5 drops black walnut/pecan/other nut bitters
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously, then strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. (Honey syrup is equal parts honey and water, blended well.)
This recipe originally appeared in the Atlanta Jewish Times.