Affinity Cocktail: The Perfect Scotch Manhattan Recipe

Affinity Cocktail
Switch the gin of a Perfect Martini out for your favorite Scotch and you have a classic Affinity. S&C Design Studios
  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

An Affinity is a slight variation of the Perfect Manhattan that requires Scotch as the whiskey of choice. It makes a great before dinner drink. Just as in the gin Martini, this cocktail will take on a completely different character depending on which Scotch you use.

For a well-balanced Affinity, you may want to go with a blended Scotch or those that are mellow like single malts from the Lowlands, Highlands, or Speyside.


Steps to Make It

  1. Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes.

  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

How Strong Is the Affinity Cocktail?

Let's make the math very easy and assume that we pour an 80-proof whisky and two 30% ABV vermouths into our Affinity Cocktail. In this example, the drink's alcohol content is about 25% ABV (50 proof).

This number should not be surprising as most cocktails that we categorize in the 'martini' family are very strong and often range between 20 and 30% ABV. That is because they are almost always made entirely of alcohol and the only element that brings them down is water from the ice.