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A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

Horror Hotel

Created and posted by yarm.
1 oz Mezcal
1⁄2 oz Apple brandy (Aged such as a VS Calvados or Laird's Bonded)
1⁄2 oz Apricot liqueur
1⁄2 oz Cynar
2 ds Bitters, Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged (Or their Old Fashioned Bitters (sub a cinnamon-forward one too))
1 twst Orange peel (As garnish)

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with an orange twist.


Smoke, vegetal funk, caramel, apples, and cinnamon.


As Halloween was approaching, I decided to craft this Autumnal smoky and bitter number as a The Misfits musical tribute. I was inspired by the Fall on Me to create a music-themed drink that utilized the apricot-herbal liqueur combination, and The Misfits fit the then approaching holiday. For this concept's herbal liqueur, I opted for Cynar which paired well with apricot in a few drinks, and apricot-Punt e Mes has proven to be a winner such as in the Slope. The song that matched the drink's and evening's feel was the Horror Hotel that they named after the 1960 movie.

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Recent Discussion

  • Re Pumpernickel, 20 hours 53 minutes ago yarm commented:

    Definitely before 2015. Sother made this for me at a pop-up event in Boston in 2014:

    Slightly different there (Bourbon, 3/4 oz Put e Mes, only 2 dash Angostura) when he made it for me. In Sother's book it is the one listed here with rye and 7 dashes etc. but with Amaro Abano instead of Ramazzotti. It's not uncommon for Amor y Amaro drinks to change the amaro identity over time.

  • Re Albiconi, 1 day 15 hours ago signofthefourwinds commented:

    Maybe it is due to using Beefeater, but the ingredients didn't merge for me. Lots of individual flavors of the liquor without a new flavor of the drink as a whole. But I'll try again with non-Juniper forward gin and see if I have the same result.

  • Re Japanese Cocktail, 2 days 10 hours ago mako commented:

    Thanks for handling that!

  • Re Italian Pirate, 2 days 11 hours ago Sperans commented:

    I used 1oz fernet and it turns out perfect if you want a bit more fernet bitternes to counter the sweetness of falernum (I used Bitter Truth’s Golden Falernum)


  • Re The Jungle Cat, 3 days 8 hours ago louBD commented:

    Cut back passionfruit to 1/2, added a dash of Boker's bitters, and a teaspoon of maraschino