2 oz Byrrh
1 1⁄2 oz Mezcal
1⁄2 oz Crème de Cacao (I used Tempus Fugit.)
1 bsp Absinthe (A scant bsp, a little less than 1/8 oz.)
Instructions

Build in a snifter (or single Old Fashioned) glass. Briefly stir to mix without ice. Note: This is a room temperature drink.

Notes

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.

History

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.

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FRY 2014
Posted by yarm on 11/08/2019
Created by
Frederic Yarm, Russell House Tavern, Cambridge, MA.
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  • Similar to Reluctant Saint w/o Campari
  • Bitter and warm. Love the reluctant saint (similar drink) better. — ★★★
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Comments

bza commented on 12/15/2021:

Funny, this is similar to a scaffa I just created that is mezcal, Carpano Antica, cacao, and Génépy. Randomly stumbled on this today! I added a couple of drops of saline and a bit of water to open it up. I'll have to try the absinthe approach, but I love the Génépy/Cacao combo, especially warm.