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The Hanging Garden

A Scotch cocktail with lemon curd and Madeira.

I like very flavorful things, and flavor is essential in this cocktail. When you start with a strong base such as DEWAR’S, you want to round it out with other strong flavors. So I added madeira, which brings out the toasty notes in the Scotch, and then three manifestations of lemon: lemon juice, lemon peel, and lemon curd. The result is something so delicious you could drink it for breakfast.


Makes 1 drink
  • 1 barspoonful Simple Syrup
  • 1 1/2 parts DEWAR’S® 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
  • 1 part Rainwater Madeira
  • 1/2 part freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 barspoonful lemon curd
  • + lemon peel, for garnish

Simple Syrup

  • 1 part hot water
  • 1 part sugar


  1. Make the Simple Syrup: Combine water and sugar and stir to dissolve.

  2. Combine the DEWAR’S, madeira, lemon juice, lemon curd, and Simple Syrup in a shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled Nick & Nora glass. Garnish with the lemon peel.