National Tartan Day + Scotch = Fun

So it’s not only National Beer Day, but it’s also National Tartan Day. To celebrate, you, naturally, need to drink Scotch. Like, right now. Here’s a cocktail option for you to celebrate and get your night started right—drunkenly.

Dewar’s Rob Roy

  • 3 parts DEWAR’S 12 Blended Scotch Whisky
  • 2 1/2 parts Martini & Rossi Rosso vermouth
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • 2 dashes simple syrup
  • 1 cherry

Method: Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Also, if you’re in NYC, head to these bars and get rowdy.

Highlands — 150 W 10th Street

Andrews  140 W 46th St

Caledonia Bar  1609 2nd Ave.


Cheers, y’all.


New: Best Damn Cherry Cola

I know, I know. It’s National Beer Day, but sometimes I’m not feeling a beer—mostly because I drank beer last night and sometimes you have to mix it up. Anyway. Best Damn, which does one of the best hard root beers I’ve had (read: it doesn’t make me feel like I’m getting diabetes when I drink it), has just put out a hard Cherry Cola.

Now, if you’re like me, and that Savage Garden song was your jam circa 1997, this is the beer alternative for you. I’ve included a recipe below, but drinking it on its own is great, too. Dangerous, though, because it goes down smooth. I was surprised with how much I enjoyed it, to be honest, but I’m a fan now.

Best Damn Smoke Cherry Swizzle Recipe.jpg

Cocktail of the Day: The Slam Dunk

(I may not be making a bracket, but I could get into March Madness if it was made entirely of cocktails like this.)

Created by Dana Richardson, TAG Restaurant, Denver


  • 13 oz. The Famous Grouse
  • 6.5 oz. The Famous Mint Tea
  • 1 bottle Bordeaux Red Wine
  • 3.25 oz. St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
  • 3 Naval or Blood Oranges
  • 13 Whole Star Anise Pods

Method:  Using a microplane grater remove the zest from 2 of the oranges over a pot or slow cooker.  Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer.  As soon as it begins to simmer, lower the heat to the low setting.  After 5 minutes, serve into punch or tea cups. 

Use a channel knife to cut the orange into twists and add 1 to each drink with a star anise pod.

(Makes 13 servings)