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Embrace the Smoke: The Mezcal Last Word – A Cocktail with a Twist

Embrace the Smoke: The Mezcal Last Word – A Cocktail with a Twist
  April 05, 2024

Embrace the Smoke: The Mezcal Last Word – A Cocktail with a Twist

The Last Word, a delightful Prohibition-era cocktail known for its balanced blend of gin, maraschino liqueur, green Chartreuse, and lime juice, is a timeless classic. But for those who love to experiment with smoky flavors, the Mezcal Last Word offers a thrilling twist. This recipe swaps the traditional gin for mezcal, resulting in a complex and intriguing cocktail that's both familiar and refreshingly different.

Here's what you'll need:

¾ oz Mezcal (Espadin varietal works well, but explore to find your favorite)

¾ oz Maraschino Liqueur

¾ oz Green Chartreuse

¾ oz Fresh Lime Juice

Lime Wedge (for garnish)

Instructions:

Set a coupe glass or rocks glass in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to ensure it's properly chilled.

Use a jigger or bar spoon to accurately measure all the ingredients – the mezcal, maraschino liqueur, Green Chartreuse, and lime juice.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all the ingredients. Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds to chill and dilute the drink.

Use a fine-mesh strainer to transfer the chilled cocktail into your prepared glass. Discard the ice.

Express the oils from the lime wedge by gently squeezing it over the drink and then add it 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. Experiment to find your perfect balance!

Use the freshest lime juice you can find for the most vibrant flavor and a refreshing finish.

While a lime wedge is traditional, a luxardo cherry can also add a touch of sweetness and visual appeal.

So, ditch the ordinary and light a fire to your taste buds with the Mezcal Last Word. This unique and smoky take on a classic cocktail is the perfect way to explore the depths of mezcal and experience a familiar favorite in a whole new light. Cheers!