Affinity Cocktail

Affinity Cocktail

1/3 French Vermouth. (1 oz Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth)
1/3 Italian Vermouth. (1 oz Cinzano Rosso Vermouth)
1/3 Scotch Whisky. (1 oz Compass Box Asyla)
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters.

Stir well and strain into cocktail glass. Squeeze lemon peel on top.

Now, I haven’t really ever been much of a Scotch fan.

I know, I know, great world class whisky and all that. It’s some sort of personal failure on my part, I’m sure.

The Asyla, though, I quite enjoy.

Compass Box makes what is called “Vatted Scotch Whisky”. That is, Compass Box buys Scotch from other distillers, blends a bunch of them together with a particular flavor profile in mind, ages them, and then bottles them.

The Asyla is a pretty interesting Whisky. It is fairly mild, as Scotches go, with some nice briny notes. But, none of the extreme peat or smoke of the Islay type malts.

The Affinity Cocktail is basically a “Perfect” Scotch Manhattan. That is, Scotch Whisky with equal parts of Sweet and Dry Vermouth.

I was very tempted to reduce the Vermouths slightly; but, went out on a limb and let it stand as is.

Certainly glad I did!

As made, one of my favorite cocktails, so far, from the Savoy Cocktail Book.

The Vermouth and Bitters temper and accent the briny and savory notes of the whisky.


This post is one in a series documenting my ongoing effort to make all of the cocktails in the Savoy Cocktail Book, starting at the first, Abbey, and ending at the last, Zed.

Giant Potatoes

Hey, there’s a burger in the background.

Ugh, I dropped Mrs. Underhill’s digital camera just before she went on a trip, so I had to sacrifice my camera for the greater good.

Now I am trying to make do with my barely functional old Konica Minolta Camera.

Ahem, I accidentally also dropped the Konica Minolta a couple years ago, just after Konica Minolta decided to exit the camera business. They sold their service and repair department to Sony, who will charge you the price you paid for your camera NEW to repair it for you.

After the fall, it no longer properly focuses. Basically, it will only focus at one distance, depending on the zoom of the lens.

It will be interesting to see if I can manage to get any half way decent photos out of it this week.

Plus, I am slightly grumpy because the sound on Bioshock doesn’t work properly on our new computer. It’s all breaking up and stuttery.

Well, the burger was tasty, even if you really can’t see it, and Bioshock seems pretty creepy cool so far, even with crappy sound.


You will, I’m sure, be thrilled to know I worked around my sound problems in Bioshock last night. I needed to install the OpenAL Libraries from creative labs, and then I had to set the “Bioshock.exe” application to run in “Windows XP SP2” compatibility mode. Now I get to start the game over again, so I can be even more creeped out.