1 1⁄2 oz Mezcal
1⁄2 oz Sloe gin
1⁄2 oz Cynar
1⁄2 oz Lime juice
1⁄2 oz Simple syrup

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail coupe.


While working at Drink in Boston one night, I had made a guest or two Phil Ward's Lipspin. Later, another guest requested a mezcal drink with bitter notes but with citrus, and I decided to convert the Lipspin into a Sour especially after recalling a comment on Kindred Cocktails where someone thought the drink could use some acid. Therefore, I reduced the two liqueurs from 3/4 to 1/2 oz, and since the Lipspin is pretty well balanced as a stirred drink, I countered the lime juice with simple syrup. When I got home, I tried out the recipe for myself and dubbed this Lipspin riff after the Echo & the Bunnymen song Lips Like Sugar.

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FRY 2021
Posted by yarm on 12/16/2021
Created by
Frederic Yarm, Drink, Boston, MA
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