The Arnaud’s Special was the signature cocktail at Arnaud’s Restaurant in New Orleans during the ‘40s and ‘50s, and has become synonymous with the city of its origin. Deceptively simple, this cocktail takes some individual experimentation to find exactly the right scotch to suit your palette. No two blended scotches are alike, but I find less aggressive options like Balvenie or Famous Grouse work nicely.
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- 2 Ounces blended Scotch
- 1 Ounce Dubonnet Rouge
- 3 Dashes of orange bitters
- Orange twist for garnish
Combine all the ingredients in a mixing glass, top with ice, and stir with a bar spoon until chilled. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with orange twist.