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Laphroaig Affinity Cocktail for Your Inner Scotsman

With all of the ballyhoo surrounding St. Patrick's Day, it's easy to forget there's another cultural group in the British Isles with funny accents and a penchant for whisky.

No, no, I'm not talking about the Welsh, God bless them. Rather, the Scots, those venerable tartan-wearin', bagpipe-playin', sheep-intestine-eatin' folks who can party just as hard as the rest of them when given the chance.

As a hat tip to the Scottish people, so often overlooked -- especially in March -- and in anticipation of National Tartan Day (April 6), Scotch whiskey distillery Laphroaig has created a heady cocktail with a sweet edge.

Laphroaig Affinity Cocktail

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1 1⁄2 ounces Laphroaig® Quarter Cask Scotch Whisky 1⁄2 ounce sweet vermouth 1⁄2 part dry vermouth 2-3 dashes orange bitters

Combine all ingredients with ice in a shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled rocks glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

Now, Laphroaig doesn't provide any additional suggestions for food or fashion pairings for the Affinity cocktail, but given its sugary-smoky notes, I recommend drinking it while eating some haggis and oatcakes and wearing a skirt. Slàinte mhath!

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