Affinity Cocktail

Classic Affinity Cocktail

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
154 Calories
0g Fat
4g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 154
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 28mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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.


  • 1 1/2 ounces Scotch whisky

  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth

  • 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth

  • 2 dashes orange bitters

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a mixing glass filled with ice cubes, pour the scotch, dry and sweet vermouth, and orange bitters.

  3. Stir well.

  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  5. Serve and enjoy.

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 percent ABV vermouths into our Affinity Cocktail. In this example, the drink's alcohol content is about 25 percent 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 percent 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.