This easy-to-make classic starts with the familiar whiskey-and-sweet-vermouth base you’ll see in the Manhattan. Except here we’ve got scotch as that whiskey. And instead of bitters, it calls for the addition of Bénédictine, a French liqueur that brings some herbal sweetness to the cocktail.
Drink it by a fire while reciting some poetry (it’s named for famed Scottish poet Robert Burns), if you want the full effect. But not doing that is also fine. Probably even preferred.
2 oz blended scotch
1 oz sweet vermouth
2 dashes Bénédictine
Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, then strain into a cocktail glass.