Peated Lemons Cocktail

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min (includes steeping time)
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 2 drinks
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Rosemary Simple Syrup:

1 cup sugar

1 cup water 

2 large sprigs rosemary


4 ounces fresh lemon juice

3 ounces Scotch whisky (preferably a peaty brand)

3 to 6 dashes bitters

2 lemon wedges, for garnish 


  1. For the simple syrup: Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the rosemary and remove the pan from the heat. Let steep for 30 minutes before straining.
  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the lemon juice, Scotch, bitters and 1 ounce of the simple syrup. Shake for 10 seconds; then strain into two rocks glasses over ice. Serve garnished with lemon wedges.