Scotch whisky is a spirit with a deep, complex flavor. But it's unfortunately been steeped in some long-held stereotypes here in America, often thought of as nothing more than an expensive and pungent gentleman's liquor, best enjoyed neat or maybe on the rocks and with a splash of water.
Those views are shifting, though. Over the past few years, the revolution in cocktails has spurred bartenders to experiment with including scotch in their creations. At the same time, American whiskey's growth in popularity is creating more openness to and curiosity in drinking and learning about Scotch whisky.
"People are being more receptive to scotch in cocktails," says Frankie Jones, head mixologist at The Gibson. "It's no longer being thought of as your grandfather's drink."
The vast flavor profiles of scotch, whether blended or single malt, mean there is something everyone can enjoy, from peat-heavy to something lighter and sweeter.
Declining price is another reason that bartenders have begun working scotch onto their menus. "Single malt prices are becoming more conducive to making cocktails," says Trevor Frye, beverage director at Jack Rose.
As the weather turns cooler, many bars and restaurants around D.C. are including more scotch-based drinks on their menus. From classics to unique recipes, here are several bars around town to discover and enjoy scotch cocktails.Read More