Shake with ice and strain into glass. Garnish or accompany with a bite of chocolate.
Here I just wanted to highlight the combination of mezcal with Nixta, an elote (corn) based liqueur. I found just a bit of Cardamaro brightened it up without detracting from the central corn and agave flavors, and the bitters offer just a hint of a spicy mole.
It took me a second in writing this to remember the reason for the name, but of course it is for the corn husk. A husk in combination with a throat stinging (in a good way) spirit resulted in the Husky Voice. Might lower your octave, but it tastes so good.
This drink grew from the chile liqueur I had recently acquired. I’ve combined chile and chocolate in the past with some success so moved in that direction, but this time opted for Cognac over tequila. Acid was necessary from the lime to cut the heat and sweet, and the Chartreuse gives it a nice herbal depth and pairs well with the Cognac. The bitters round it all out.
The name probably doesn’t need much explanation. I never can turn down a bad pun.
Stir with ice and strain into coupe. Garnish with a cherry.
I found this German rye locally and fell in love with it. I wanted to try it in my favorite drink Remember the Maine and decided to swap in (mostly) German ingredients.
In place of Cherry Heering I poured a Black Forest cherry liqueur, then for absinthe used Kümmel. At that point I wanted to embrace the Black Forest cake profile so added chocolate bitters and another kirsch just enhance the cherry taste.
The name of course is Black Forest in German. Das ist gut.
This one started with tequila and pomegranate and grew from there. Orange paired well, and the kümmel and chicory came out of nowhere during experimentation. But it all worked out tastily.
The name came from one of my Name My Cocktail evenings, with Brian Sawyer winning the prize for this gem. The fact that my daughter plays the trumpet and is currently learning some Herb Alpert had nothing to do with the selection.
I’m always game to mix passion fruit with rum. Lemon is there for the acid, of course, then I added the Chartreuse to play a bit with the herbaceousness of the agricole.
I was stuck a bit for a name. First, because of the rum, I was thinking about A Study in Scarlet, but I really thought the actual color would need to be red in that case. Then I thought about the red (scarlet) and green (Chartreuse), and the fact they were complementary colors, then stuck with the Sherlock theme. Elementary really.