Mix lemon juice, sugar, and water in the serving glass until the sugar dissolves. Add cracked ice or ice cubes and the Scotch. Stir to combine. Rub a piece of lemon peel around the rim of the glass, twist it above the drink and throw it in. Garnish with sliced pineapple, sliced oranges, and/or berries.
|Prep Time||1 minute|
|Tags||1840-1880 (Cocktails Arrive), 1880-1919 (Golden Age)|
|Strength||1.3 standard drinks|
|Glass||Old Fashioned or Rocks Glass|
For the second, "fancy" iteration of this drink along the lines of Jerry Thomas's The Bartender's Guide 1887 Edition, add a teaspoon of Orange Curacao and back off on the sugar a bit.
You may be thinking Scotch? In a Fix? I'll tell you it makes a very nice drink. The spice and peat from the Scotch peaks out, swimming in a fresh citrus/Curacao sea. This reinforces my positive experiences with Scotch in punches and toddies.
I used Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Year Scotch which is a little softer due to finishing in old rum casks. A Scotch Fix might also be interesting with a bolder single malt such as an Islay (perhaps Lagavulin?). That would make for a peaty, saltly, citrus experience - the last two flavors remind me of a Margarita...
I stripped down the mini-fruit salad garnish to only the lemon peel. I didn't want to cover up the nice Scotch with too much fruit. I also need to try this drink one more time in it's original mid-19th Century version without the Curacao - that would let the Scotch express itself even more. If you're freaking out about using a single malt Scotch in a Fix you're probably not alone. Try Dewars 12 year - that has been a good blended Scotch for me in cocktails. If you have another suggestion let us know in the comments.
Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Year Scotch along with Gran Gala as the Curacao. 6/14/2012