Showing posts with label mezcal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mezcal. Show all posts

Sunday, October 28, 2012

New Cocktails: Ashtray Heart

This drink comes from Erik Ellestad, via Marleigh at Sloshed! What was intended to be a scotch cocktail became something else when Erik accidentally grabbed a bottle of Smith & Cross rum instead. To bring it back a bit, he added a mezcal rinse to include some smoke in the drink. Cocktail VirginSlut also has Fred's take on the drink. While rather bizarre at first sight, it all comes together surprisingly well.

Ashtray Heart
1 oz Smith & Cross rum
1 oz sweet vermouth
1 oz dry vermouth

Combine all ingredients, stir with ice for fifteen seconds, then strain into a mezcal-rinsed cocktail glass and garnish with a grapefruit twist.

The nose is surprisingly subdued, with just a bit of the rum's normally volcanic funk and the mezcal's smoke, and some dark fruit from the vermouth. The sip begins somewhat thinly with some white wine, but slowly builds into the rum's funky esters, then dark wine from the sweet vermouth and rubbery smoke from the mezcal, which then recedes with mild bitterness, rum esters and mezcal smoke.

This is a fantastic cocktail. While all of the ingredients are pretty burly, they do a great job of keeping each other in check. As a note, you really have to use Smith & Cross for this cocktail. No other rum is going to punch through in quite the same way. You can adjust the balance a bit depending on your choices of vermouths. I used Dolin Dry and Punt e Mes, which is a pretty hefty sweet vermouth. Something more subdued like Vya will let the rum shine. But no matter what you pick, this is going to be an enjoyable experience.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

New Cocktails: the Barker

This drink is a simple twist on the Proclaimer cocktail from Cocktail VirginSlut.

0.75 oz mezcal
0.75 oz King's Ginger liqueur
0.75 oz lemon juice
0.5 oz honey syrup
1 dash Angostura bitters
6 drops Herbsaint/absinthe

The nose is mostly composed of lemon oil and the mezcal's earthy/vegetal smoke, which is joined by the herbal/licorice notes of the Herbsaint. The sip opens with honey sweetness from the syrup and liqueur, but is quickly checked by the lemon juice and liqueur's ginger bite, segueing into a malty and herbal interlude. The finish is bittersweet and smoky, passing pleasantly with renewed licorice notes.

For being composed of pretty burley ingredients, everything in this cocktail plays pretty nicely with each other. Substituting ginger liqueur for Drambuie worked pretty well. The liqueur doesn't have Drambuie's smoke, but the ginger gives the drink a different kind of zip. I added a bit of Herbsaint both to put the drink more on point with the mezcal's smoke and push it in more of an herbal direction, as alone it can smell a bit rubbery. However, you can drop the pastis if you'd like less emphasis on the mezcal.