Impropah Scaffa

Sam Treadway, owner of Boston’s Backbar and Ames Street Deli, explains, “The Scaffa is a classic cocktail from the 1800s that is just brandy, maraschino and bitters. This recipe is an ‘improper’ version of a Scaffa because we add water to soften it, and we call it ‘impropah’ because we're from Boston.” Treadway likes to use Pierre Ferrand Ambre Cognac, but you can use your favorite Cognac. Cardamaro is a wine-based Italian digestif with a nutty flavor that is increasing popular in the United States.