Original Cocktail: The Prowler
This crushable scotch cocktail can be made with either peated or unpeated single malt. I find myself leaning toward the smoke, but both versions are quite tasty. It will satisfy your soul like a cold daiquiri, and perhaps it even makes up where the Blood and Sand sometimes falls short in terms of acidity. I would file this cocktail under "snack" --- it's a nice little before dinner drink that is not overly boozy and goes down easy.
1 oz Single Malt or Blended Scotch (of your choice)
1 oz Amaro Bonollo
.75 oz Meyer lemon (or .5 oz regular lemon juice)*
.25 oz honey syrup (2:1)
Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a chilled coup and garnish with a lemon twist or lemon wheel. If you need to slow yourself down, maybe serve it on the rocks.
*I prefer Meyer lemon in this recipe, but regular lemon will do the trick just fine.
Peated: I tried it with Alexander Murray Caol Ila 8 Year and Lagavulin 16. The clear winner was the Caol Ila, so I would recommend a lighter touch with your peat.
Unpeated: I used Battle Hill Aultmore (Total Wine exclusive) & also Balvenie 12. The winner was the Aultmore. Overall, the younger single malts played the best with the citrus.
Amaro: I used Bonollo for this exclusively, but you can safely try subbing Amaro Nonino if you can't find Bonollo. The Nonino has some similar characteristics, but is a bit more citrusy, and you may have to lightly adjust for sweetness. They are both grappa based and very tasty.