Tight Rope

It's all about the spicy deliciousness.
1 12 oz Mezcal, Del Maguey Vida
12 oz Rye, Rittenhouse 100
14 oz Amaro Nonino
14 oz Cinnamon syrup (Homemade)
12 dr Bitters, Bittermens Xocolatl Mole
12 dr Bitters, Angostura
1 twst Grapefruit peel (Discard)
Instructions
Stir. Strain over big rock in OF glass. Garnish with grapefruit oil from the twist. Discard.
Notes
A Monte Carlo riff, or a Mezcal Old Fashioned with benefits. You decide. The small amount of Rye brings all the spice notes to the front and really amps up the cinnamon. The Nonino offsets the overall sweetness with it's light bitterness and adds a delightful herbal backbone.
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2 Comments

I subbed 1/2 oz Becherovka

I subbed 1/2 oz Becherovka for the cinnamon syrup. Maybe was supposed to be sweeter, but as I made it, it was more in the vein of a Martini. An interesting, spirit-forward cocktail. I would like to try it with the right syrup if I ever get a chance.

Hi, Dan. Becherovka sounds

Hi, Dan. The use of Becherovka sounds like an interesting variation, skewing the libation in a drier direction. I need to try that :-) The original recipe was more in the vein of a Monte Carlo, splitting up the 1/2 oz liqueur measure with cinnamon bark syrup. If you decide to try it as written, I would be happy to hear your thoughts. For the cinnamon bark syrup I used the recipe from the Death&Co book. Cheers!