COCKTAILS | Scotch Sours kept us warm this week

ScotchSourThe Scotch Sour, a favorite of the old times on Hayes Street in Lake Placid.

To combat the autumn chill these last few nights, Mrs. F. and I turned to an old and reliable friend, the whiskey sour.

A favorite of our very good friend Vince, who passed away a little more than a year ago, it’s a classic American cocktail that can trace its roots to the pioneering mixology magician Jerry Thomas. Vince mixed these up regularly in his Lake Placid kitchen, relying on Bourbon or Tennessee whiskey as his main ingredient Given our household propensity for Scotch, we called on a Charles Schumann recipe that’s a variant on the traditional.

Ingredients
2 ounces Scotch (use a blend — no need to waste the good stuff!)
1 ounce Lemon juice
1/4 ounce simple syrup
1 teaspoon or barspoon of powdered sugar

Directions
Mix ingredients in a shaker and stir or shake. Serve over ice in a tumbler, garnishing, if you like, with a cherry.

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