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A Taste of Oaxaca: The Mezcal Old Fashioned with a Smoky Twist

A Taste of Oaxaca: The Mezcal Old Fashioned with a Smoky Twist
  April 05, 2024

A Taste of Oaxaca: The Mezcal Old Fashioned with a Smoky Twist

The Old Fashioned – that timeless combination of spirit, sugar, bitters, and ice – is a beloved classic for a reason. But what if you crave a smoky, south-of-the-border twist on this familiar favorite? Look no further than the Oaxaca Old Fashioned, a cocktail that infuses the traditional recipe with the unique flavors of Oaxaca, Mexico.

Here's what you'll need

5 oz Mezcal (Espadin varietal preferred for its smoother smoke)

5 oz Reposado Tequila (optional, adds a touch of agave character)

1 tsp Agave Nectar

2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

1 Dash Mole Bitters (optional, but recommended)

Orange Twist (for garnish)

Sugar Cube (optional)

Instructions:

If using a sugar cube, place it in a rocks glass and muddle it slightly with a bar spoon to release the sugars. (Optional) Skip this step if using agave nectar.

Add the Angostura bitters and mole bitters (if using) to the glass.

Pour in the agave nectar.

Add the mezcal and reposado tequila (if using).

Fill the glass with large ice cubes. Stir gently for about 30 seconds to chill and dilute the drink.

Express the oils from the orange twist by gently squeezing it over the drink. Hold the twist over a match (be careful!) and let the flame kiss the oils for a dramatic effect. Then, discard the burnt part of the twist and add the remaining peel as a garnish.

Tips & Tricks:

Explore different mezcals to discover your favorite smoke profile. Espadin tends to be smoother, while other varietals can offer more intense smokiness.

While not essential, mole bitters add an extra layer of Oaxacan authenticity with their chocolate and chili notes.

Agave nectar offers a subtle sweetness that complements the smokiness of the mezcal. Sugar cubes can be used for a more traditional Old Fashioned experience.

So, ditch the ordinary and explore the smoky depths of Oaxaca with the Oaxaca Old Fashioned. This unique and flavorful cocktail is the perfect way to experience the spirit of Mexico in a glass. Cheers!