The Flying Scotsman
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About this Cocktail

There's a famous steam locomotive called The Flying Scotsman which I'm sure you can read about elsewhere if you're interested. In 1928 they added a cocktail bar for the first class passengers and this was their eponymous signature cocktail.

To my tastes it does not improve on a Rob Roy but I can see it opening up some non-whisky drinkers (we call them tourists) to our beloved drink.

After researching several versions of this drink online I contacted the national rail museum for the authentic recipe. The proportions they gave me are listed below but they also told me that it was originally made with a single malt (which I don't think is necessary) and was shaken and not stirred (to my horror). No garnish was mentioned but I don't think you can go wrong with an orange twist here.

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2oz Scotch (famous grouse works just fine)
  • 1 1/2oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1/4 tsp sugar syrup
  • Orange zest twist (optional)
Preparation:

Add all ingredients to an ice filled mixing glass and stir until chilled and diluted. Strain into a chilled martini glass and run orange zest around the rim before twisting and dropping. If anyone can justify shaking these ingredients please tell me I'm wrong in the comments. Sláinte.

2 Comments
  • Tim Walker
    Just looking at the ingredients I'd stir this 100 times out of 100. So no... I'm at a loss there. Maybe the bar staff simply enjoyed shaking a drink to the rhythm of the steam engine?
  • David Gillies
    Thanks Tim, glad you agree. The search for authenticity should never lead us into spoiling a good drink.

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