Recipe: Death & Taxes (serves one)
- 1 oz. gin
- 1 oz. blended Scotch whisky
- 1/2 oz. Bénédictine
- 3 dashes (= 3/8 tsp) orange bitters
- cherry for garnish
Stir liquid ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Strain into cocktail glass. Add the cherry.
We’ve found quite a few recipes for cocktails called Death & Taxes, but we got this one from the bartender at the Flintridge Proper in La Cañada (update: now closed). The Proper served a version that was barrel-aged for six months; we recreated some of that effect by using an aged gin we got on our trip to Portland. It’s rare to find gin and whisky in the same cocktail. The combination works, though: the gin’s dry, herbal flavor balances the richness of the Scotch and the sweetness of the Bénédictine.