Ask the Dust

A room temperature sipper that got on the menu at Russel House Tavern.
2 oz Byrrh
1 12 oz Mezcal
12 oz Crème de Cacao (I used Tempus Fugit.)
2 ds Bitters, Angostura
1 bsp Absinthe (A scant bsp, a little less than 1/8 oz.)
Build in a snifter (or single Old Fashioned) glass. Briefly stir to mix without ice. Note: This is a room temperature drink.
Scaffas have everything going for them to fulfill the 1806 definition of a cocktail except for the water component. They are served room temperature with no dilution.
The recipe started with thinking about Eric Seed (Haus Alpenz)'s declaration that Byrrh and mezcal are a stunning duo. The end result tasted better before dilution and chilling and ended up on the menu as a Scaffa. We used whatever mezcal was our well mezcal then, but I used Chichicapa for the photo to make it into Del Maguey's drink of the month in late 2014. Also, named after a John Fante book.
FRY 2014
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