In thinking about a drink I made at a previous bar called Ask the Dust with mezcal, cacao, absinthe, and Byrrh, I wondered if it would work with another smoky spirit and a different quinquina -- namely Scotch and Bonal, respectively. Benedictine was added to the mix to round out the flavor profile. Named in tribute to one of my favorite R.E.M. songs.
1 oz Blended Scotch
1/4 oz Smoky Single Malt Scotch
1 oz Bonal Gentiane-Quina
1/2 oz Benedictine
1/4 oz oz Crème de Cacao
1 dash Absinthe
Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with a lemon twist.