New Year Libations: Golden Beetle’s Dandy Derringer

A satisfying Scotch cocktail from a James Beard Award-winning restaurant.

Golden Beetle's Dandy Derringer. Photo by Ashley Genevieve.

Crave Factor:

Any Scotch aficionado could tell you The Balvenie is one of the most celebrated single malt labels in the world. Normally, it’s bad form to serve such a fine spirit with anything but ice, but we’ll make an exception for this signature libation at Ballard’s Golden Beetle. Hints of citrus and honey restrain — and ultimately complement — the smoky flavor of the whisky. Don’t let the sweetness fool you — this baby is for Scotch drinkers.

The Not So Secret Recipe:

  • 2 ounces Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old
  • ¾ ounce grapefruit juice
  • ¼ ounce 1:1 honey syrup
  • 3 dashes orange bitters

Shake all ingredients with ice and finely strain over ice into an old-fashioned glass.

Fun Fact:

The drink is named for a brand of two-barreled pistol that was first manufactured in the 1850s. Derringers were so small that the public nicknamed them “muff pistols,” since women were able to easily conceal them in their hand warmers.

Golden Beetle  |  1744 Market St., Seattle  |  (206) 706-2977