Affinity Cocktail: The Perfect Scotch Manhattan Recipe

Classic Affinity Cocktail

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail

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. Stir well.

  3. 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 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.