how to make an affinity cocktail: a martini with scotch whisky

The Affinity cocktail is a variation of the Perfect Martini. The Perfect Martini uses equals parts of Sweet and Dry Vermouth along with the Gin as the base. The Gin in the Perfect Martini is substituted with Scotch Whisky and with some orange bitters added to it. This cocktail works best as an before (or during) dinner drink.

You can view the affinity cocktail as a variation of the Perfect Manhattan as well but made with Scotch Whiskey. The smoky flavor of the Scotch makes for an unique flavor. The three main ingredients are in equal parts in this recipe.

The drink is pretty similar to a Perfect Rob Roy, except for the proportions of the main ingredients. Also, a different bitter is used with Rob Roy such as Peychaud or Angostura.


  • 1 shot of Scotch Whisky
  • 1 shot of Dry Vermouth
  • 1 shot of Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 dashes of Orange Bitters
  • Lemon twist or Cherry for garnish (optional)


  1. Add ice cubes into the martini shaker
  2. Add a shot of Scotch Whiskey into the shaker
  3. Add a shot of the Dry Vermouth
  4. Add a shot of the sweet Vermouth
  5. Shake well to mix the ingredients
  6. Add couple of dashes of Orange bitters into a chilled martini glass
  7. Strain the contents of the shaker into the chilled martini glass
  8. Garnish with a lemon peel or a cherry

Affinity Cocktail in a chilled martini glass

Tips and Variations

  • A variation of the Affinity  Cocktail is to substitute Whiskey with Crème Yvette. Crème Yvette is a spicy violet flavored liqueur.
  • You can use Angostura bitters instead of the Orange bitter for a different flavor.
  • I prefer to shake the drink in a cocktail shaker, but you can also stir the ingredients in a high glass with ice.
  • I also prefer to add the bitters into the glass rather than shake it with other ingredients. Shaking with the bitters gives you a different taste than adding it later.