Spatial Awareness

I’ve always loved the structure of a Sazerac. It’s one of the few drinks that are traditionally served in a chilled old-fashioned glass without ice, giving the drink more of a spatial experience. This is my inspiration for this cocktail, which has agave notes from a lightly smoky mezcal, bittersweet flavors from coffee liqueur and amaro, and bright citrus from orange bitters and expressed orange peel. The drink has light smoky aroma both from the mezcal and a smoked earl grey and rye tincture.

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 1.25 oz Mezcal(Luminar Joven)
 0.50 oz Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
 0.25 oz Meletti Amaro
 1 dash Orange Bitters(Fee Brothers West Indian)
 3 dashes Smoked Earl Grey and Rye Tincture
1

Rinsed a chilled old-fashioned glass with the smoked earl grey and rye tincture. (I recommend using an atomizer, but you could use a dasher bottle and shake out the excess).

2

Add the mezcal, liqueur, amaro, and bitters to a mixing glass.

3

Add ice to the mixing glass and stir for 15-20 seconds. Strain into the prepared double old-fashioned glass.

4

Express an orange peel over the drink and garnish either on the rim of the glass or on the inside wall of the glass.

5

Serve.

6

For the tincture, steep 1 tablespoon of smoked earl grey tea leaves (or equivalent smoked tea leaves) in half a cup of 100 proof rye whiskey (such as Rittenhouse). Smell and taste every few hours until desired smokiness is reached. When you are happy with the smokiness, strain out the solids and then decant into an atomizer or dasher bottle.

Ingredients

 1.25 oz Mezcal(Luminar Joven)
 0.50 oz Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
 0.25 oz Meletti Amaro
 1 dash Orange Bitters(Fee Brothers West Indian)
 3 dashes Smoked Earl Grey and Rye Tincture

Directions

1

Rinsed a chilled old-fashioned glass with the smoked earl grey and rye tincture. (I recommend using an atomizer, but you could use a dasher bottle and shake out the excess).

2

Add the mezcal, liqueur, amaro, and bitters to a mixing glass.

3

Add ice to the mixing glass and stir for 15-20 seconds. Strain into the prepared double old-fashioned glass.

4

Express an orange peel over the drink and garnish either on the rim of the glass or on the inside wall of the glass.

5

Serve.

6

For the tincture, steep 1 tablespoon of smoked earl grey tea leaves (or equivalent smoked tea leaves) in half a cup of 100 proof rye whiskey (such as Rittenhouse). Smell and taste every few hours until desired smokiness is reached. When you are happy with the smokiness, strain out the solids and then decant into an atomizer or dasher bottle.

Spatial Awareness

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