Mixologist John Lermayer Makes Us Some Smoky Scotch Cocktails

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Let's be honest here: Scotch is an intimidating drink.

Like a Grand Cru Bordeaux, it elicits images of upper-crust socialites dressed to the nines, sipping ridiculously expensive beverages out of snifters in front of a fireplace framed by elegant Afghan hounds.

Or, at least, distinguished gentlemen like Ron Burgundy.

Point is, it's a picture that tends to stray far from your immediate reality.

With the craft cocktail movement that is now underway, millennials -- and, well, everybody -- are getting more and more into whiskey. While many aren't bold enough to dive headfirst into a single malt on the rocks, they're perfectly fine sucking down a cocktail or three.

At a recent media event for the Black Grouse (a smokier sister to the Famous Grouse), mixologist John Lermayer, cocktail consultant for Stache 1920's Drinking Den was at the Regent Cocktail Club in Miami Beach shaking up -- and stirring -- some smoke-filled drinks.

And we got the recipes.

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Smoky Honey Sour

One and half ounces The Black Grouse

3/4 ounce Honey

3/4 ounce Fresh lemon juice

Egg White

Jerry Thomas Bitters

Step One:Shake the egg white by itself in a cocktail mixer.

Step Two: Add the honey and lemon with ice; shake vigorously and and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Step Three: Finish it off with a dash of bitters and lemon zest.

Black Bobby

One and half ounces The Black Grouse

3/4 ounce Sweet vermouth

1/4 ounce Benedictine

Step One: Take a cedar plank or board (they are available at Whole Foods and other specialty stores) burn it with a torch until it starts smoking -- not flaming.

Step Two: Trap the smoke by placing a double rocks glass on top.

Step Three: Stir all three ingredients together in a mixer with ice.

Step Four Flip the rocks glass, fill it with ice, and strain the Scotch into the glass.

Step Five: Garnish with a twist of orange.

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