Not to be outdone by their Australian brethren, the Scots themselves created the Adelline Special, calling it so in honor of the popular Australian jingle, “Sweet Adelline”.  An incredibly simple beverage, this Scotch based concoction is quite delightful, with added flavors making the Adelle Special just a bit more “special”.

Served in a Manhattan or cocktail glass, it also differs from its Australian cousin by the addition of a lemon twist and a dash of orange bitters.

Did you know why the Scots have so many foods and beverages in their culinary lexicon that use oranges, even when oranges are not grown in Scotland?

At the height of Scotland’s wool trade with Spain, ships laden with wool would return from Spain with Valencia oranges used as ballast on their way back. The docks outside Glasgow were piled with mountains of rotting citrus.  Ever inventive, the Scots discovered they could make many things with the otherwise inedible fruit.  First among these was Orange Marmalade.

Adelline Special
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A unique adaptation of the Adelle Special, this lovely cocktail has a slight hint of citrus.
Serves: 1
  • 1 jigger good Scotch whiskey
  • 1/2 jigger orange Curacao
  • 1 dash Orange Bitters
  1. Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  2. Garnish with a twist of lemon zest.


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