Last Caress

2 oz Rye, Old Overholt
34 oz Bénédictine
14 oz Mezcal, Del Maguey Minero
14 oz Maraschino Liqueur, Luxardo
2 ds Bitters, Angostura
1 twst Lemon peel (flamed)
Stir, strain, coupe, flamed lemon twist.
Featured in Gary Regan's 101 Best New Cocktails 2012
From other users
  • Well balanced and wow finish. — ☆☆☆☆
  • Well done! This is a quality recipe. — ☆☆☆☆
  • Maybe a 4.5er but very good either way. — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Made exactly to recipe — ☆☆☆☆
  • Very intense. Less maraschino next time. I used bourbon. Also, volume is high. Maybe 1.75 oz rye?
  • Maybe 1.75 rye. Nice background with both cherry and mezcal — ☆☆☆☆
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applejack's picture

This is a pretty standard

This is a pretty standard sized drink in most craft cocktail bars (3.25 oz pre-dilluted, I'd say most are 3 - 3.5 oz pre-dilluted, excepting some like an old fashioned build).  You could sub Overholt Bonded or Rittenhouse for the 80 proof Overholt rye, and shave off a quarter ounce.  As far as the intensity goes, simply dilute it more.  Not sure what stir count you're using, but add another 5-10 revolutions, taste it, if it's still too intense repeat until you find your sweet spot.