Highland Smash

As served in the Library at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan, $14

Freedom! If you’ve made it to the Library bar inside Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub, then you’ve already successfully battled the throng at the door and the swarming masses within. Your reward is to kick back in the sexy, aristocratic, hyper-masculine environs of the Library bar, which comes complete with a fireplace, book-lined walls, vintage billiards table and is tended by a platoon of sexy librarian cocktail servers.

Scotch being the obvious choice for this scene, Tao Group beverage director Edward Allen looked for inspiration to the venerable Whiskey Smash, “a drink that we make at home quite frequently,” he says. “I love the balance and depth that the Glenmorangie and maple syrup bring to the cocktail.” His 11-cocktail list features drinks both delicate and powerful. “Though made with scotch,” he notes, “the Highland Smash is balanced enough to appeal to any cocktail drinker. It is my wife’s favorite.”

Muddle three lemon slices (about half a lemon) with five mint leaves and ¾ ounce maple syrup in a shaker. Add 2 ounces Glenmorangie 10-year scotch and three dashes of orange bitters. Add ice, shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass or snifter with 1 large ice cube, preferably a two-inch Kold-Draft cube. Top with club soda and garnish with a fresh mint sprig.

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