While Silicon Valley gears up for the Crunchies Awards (AKA the Oscars of the startup tech world) next month, £10 (Ten Pound) barman Wahid Areso of the Montage Beverly Hills whipped up a new cocktail and aptly named it after a shortcut on the computer keypad. Alt-0-1-6-3 not only creates the “£” symbol, the drink also takes guests of his popular scotch bar “on a journey through Italy, Scotland and back to the U.S.A.,” he says.
With its rich coppery color and dry sherry finish, premium aged whisky is naturally the star ingredient here, but it’s Wahid’s sweet herbal balance of Jerry Thomas Bitters and Amaro Nonino that add an extra layer of complexity. Poured over a spherical ice ball, this sharp cocktail is best served with salty and savory snacks, like aged gouda cheese, crispy bacon and spiced pecans just to name a few.
2 oz Macallan 18
0.5 oz Amaretto
0.5 oz Lazzaroni Amaretto
1 dash Jerry Thomas Bitters
Stir with cold draft ice cubes and pour over a Highland Ice Sphere in a Macallan rocks glass and garnish with grated almonds.