The Affinity Cocktail is a variation of the perfect Manhattan that uses scotch, instead of rye or bourbon, as the liquor of choice. Flirting with sophistication the Affinity makes for an elegant aperitif style cocktail. Equal parts scotch, sweet vermouth, and dry vermouth with a dash of bitters are stirred and served up.
The two vermouths I used in this recipe, Yzaguirre rosso & bianco, were crafted for drinking on their own but also work wonderfully in cocktails like this one. Produced in Spain these two vermouths are imported in the US by Fasel Shenstone. Try them served over ice with an olive & an orange twist or as part of a cocktail like the Affinity.
1 oz scotch
1 oz dry vermouth (I used Yzaguirre classic bianco)
1 oz sweet vermouth (I used Yzaguirre classic rosso)
2 dashes bitters
1 lemon peel
Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass and stir well. Strain into a cocktail glass. Add lemon peel and enjoy.