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Scot’s Vacation

Scot’s Vacation 1.000

Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post

Spirits Feb 5, 2017

This Scotch-based riff on the famously fluffy Ramos gin fizz was designed to stand up to the slightly saline flavor of aquafaba, the liquid from canned chickpeas.

You can use a pasteurized egg white if you prefer; or make this drink fully vegan by using coconut milk instead of heavy cream (in which case you may wish to reduce the simple syrup to 1/4 ounce).


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Tested size: 1 servings

  • 2 ounces blended Scotch, such as Johnny Walker or Monkey Shoulder
  • 1 ounce fresh pineapple juice
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup (see NOTE)
  • 1 ounce heavy cream (may substitute coconut milk; see headnote)
  • 3/4 ounce liquid from canned chickpeas (aquafaba; may substitute 1 medium egg white, see headnote)
  • 2 drops vanilla extract
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Ice
  • Chilled seltzer (optional)


Chill a Pilsener or Collins glass.

Combine the blended Scotch, fruit juices, simple syrup, heavy cream, aquafaba, vanilla extract and bitters in a cocktail shaker. Seal, then shake vigorously for at least 2 minutes to whip air into the drink. Do not under-shake: The aeration is key to getting a good, fluffy head.

Add ice to the shaker; seal and shake for 15 seconds, until chilled. Strain into the glass and top with seltzer, if using.

NOTE: To make simple syrup, combine 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Cook for 2 minutes, then let the syrup cool completely before using. You can save leftover syrup for several weeks in the refrigerator.

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From Spirits columnist M. Carrie Allan.

Tested by Kara Elder.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 290

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 11g 17%

Saturated Fat: 7g 35%

Cholesterol: 40mg 13%

Sodium: 15mg 1%

Total Carbohydrates: 15g 5%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 13g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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