The Wise Scottsman Takes 5th in Cider Shake Contest!

The Wise Scottsman craft cocktailRecently, Matthew entered The Wise Scottsman into the Tieton Cider WorksCider Shake Cocktail Mixology Contest. The object of the competition was to use one of Tieton Cider Works’ ciders. They have several varieties including: Wild Washington, Apricot, Cherry, Dry Hopped, Blossom, Tieton Dry, Spice Route, Pumpkin, Cranberry, Sparkling Perry, Cidermaker’s Reserve, Frost, and Wind. The recipe had to be composed of at least 20% Tieton Cider and other ingredients (they had to be purchasable ingredient, nothing homemade).

Matthew chose to go with the Dry Hopped Cider as it was in his opinion the most unique and interesting to use. The recipe came about after many failed attempts, but eventually he found the perfect way to treat Tieton Dry Hopped Cider. The sage, cardamom, and green apple flavors are really at the forefront of this cocktail, supported by a backbone of smokey scotch and well rounded Angostura bitters. The name The Wise Scottsman is a play on “Sage” (wise), “Scotsman” (the use of scotch) and “Scottsdale” (where we are from).

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The Wise Scottsman

The Wise Scottsman craft cocktail


  • 3 oz Tieton Dry Hopped Cider
  • 3 oz Scotch
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
  • 1 dash Cardamom Bitters
  • 5 Sage Leaves


  • Muddle the sage leaves and simple syrup in a Collins glass.
  • Add scotch and bitters
  • Add ice.
  • Finish by pouring the cider over the ice.
  • Garnish with a sage leaf.
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*The Geeks were not compensated or given any comped items to facilitate this write-up but won money from the competition for their placement in the standings; All opinions are wholly our own and were not impacted by winnings. View our Disclosure Policy for more info.

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