Old Tom Morris

Recipe by Trey Ledbetter


  • 1.5 oz. Harleston Green Scotch
  • .5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • .5 oz. 2:1 Simple Syrup*
  • 10 drops 1821 Early Grey Bitters
  • Top With 2 oz. Sassafras Tea**

Preparation: Combine all ingredients except sassafras tea into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 5-10 seconds. Strain into a rock glass with either small cubes or one large rock. Top with 2 ounces of sassafras tea and express a lemon peel on the cocktail and garnish with lemon peel.

*2:1 Simple Syrup

2 cups simple to 1 cup of water, bring to boil then chill and reserve for service.

**Sassafras Tea

Using the product above take 2 ounces of tea concentrate and combine with 7 ounces of water for a strong tea reserve for later use. Do not make your own sassafras tea only use this product as it is safe for consumers.

Garnish: Lemon Peel

Glassware: Rock Glass

Cocktail Inspiration:

Old Tom Morris is for the golfer or for front porch sipping. This cocktail is inspired by the Harleston Green Scotch origin story. I was surprised to learn that Harelston Green was the name of one of the oldest golf course in the USA. I decided that this would be my source of inspiration. See in the southern United States we have two drinks named after famous golfers and I thought it was time the Scottish had one of their own immortalized with their own drink. Old Tom Morris takes it roots from the Arnold Palmer and the John Daly. Both of these men are golfers and both of these names are also associated drinks. The Arnold Palmer is a mocktail made from both lemonade and sweet tea.

John Daly is the former but with the addition of vodka. Old Tom Morris takes the two and add its own unique twist. In the United States we have had a long history with sassafras. It was the most important crop to the colonies after tobacco. Back in that time they would boil the root and turn it into the tea. Sassafras is the flavoring agent in root beer. I thought that this flavor profile along with early grey bitter, and lemon would make a great Scottish riff on the Arnold Palmer or John Daly. The root beer flavors of the sassafras tea paired perfectly with the subtle sweet notes of Harleston Green Scotch. While lemon is a classic pairing with scotch and the early grey bitters provide more in depth fruity flavors Old Tom Morris is perfect for enjoying at your next game of gold or on the porch with friends. As for Old Tom Morris give him a google he is one of Scotland’s most famous golfers.