#4) A single malt scotch- Everyone is going to have a favorite here. Smokiness, sweetness, and varying amounts of peat drive the myriad of favors of single malt scotch. My favorites tend to be sweeter, Dalwhinnie and The Glenrothes being among them, by virtue of my predilection of Rusty Nails. The one I would recommend here is The Glenlivet 12 year. It is a solid scotch for most scotch drinkers and, for $35, it is cheap enough to mix.
A martini-esque use of single malt scotch can be found in the Affinity. I thought that this recipe would be good considering the different tastes in scotch. For more smokiness or peat, dial back the amount of sweet vermouth to ½ a part while increasing the scotch by ½ a part.
1 measure of scotch
1 measure of dry vermouth
1 measure of sweet vermouth
3-6 drops of Angostura bitters