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Why is it that scotch always seem to be ignored in the bar scene? It is understandable that most people find scotch too harsh to drink while dancing the night away but it could certainly be introduced in some mild cocktails. It is commonly assumed that the sweeter drinks tend to give you the staying power on the dance floor as they are usually loaded with sugar. Sugar is not an ingredient that one would normally associate with scotch and many of club-goers will shy away from the so-called "old mans drink." Yet they really do not understand the impact that scotch in small doses in sweet drinks can have. It can liven up any party in a relatively short amount of time. Of course, there are the few drinks out there that may garner interest from the up-and-coming young professionals who are trying to mature.

One of these mild drinks with scotch is the Rusty Nail. This delicious drink contains 1 1/2 ounces of scotch, 1/2 ounces of Drambuie and a twist of peel from a lemon. This drink eschews the common rule of no ice in scotch, as the glass should be filled nearly to the brim with cubes. Once the ice fills the glass, the Drambuie and scotch are poured in together, stirred vigorously and garnished with the lemon peel. This makes a delectable, small mixed drink that is much easier on the throat as well as the stomach than pure scotch.

The whiskey sour is another popular drink. This is a drink that all classes and generations can enjoy. This drink contains 2 ounces of blended whiskey, the juice of half a lemon, half a teaspoon of powdered sugar, one cherry, and half a slice of lemon. This drink is also easy to make. Shake the blended whiskey, the lemon juice, and the powdered sugar with ice then strain into a whiskey sour glass. For the final flourish, top with the cherry and garnish the drink with the lemon slice. Another tasty drink that the younger crowd may enjoy is the Rob Roy. This is a very simple drink that many relish and is quickly made so you can be back on the dance floor in little time. This drink contains 1 and a half ounces of scotch whiskey and three-quarter ounces of sweet vermouth. You simply stir the contents with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.


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