2 ds Bitters, Angostura (some versions call for Bittermens Mole)
1 twst Orange peel (flamed)

Stir, strain, rocks, rocks glass, flame orange peel & drop into drink.


It's been reported that Death & Co calls for the Mole bitters and that the NY Times article calls for Angostura due to the at-the-time availability of the Bittermens product.

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Phil Ward, Death & Co, New York, NY
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  • 4.5
  • Too strong for me but the smokiness is pleasant
  • Delicious!
  • 4.5
  • I used maple syrup instead of agave I used 1 oz mescal and 1 oz anjejo
  • Rated 4.5 by 17 people
  • Actually, 3.5 stars. Probably does need agave syrup instead of simple syrup. Even tempted to put an orange slice in it.
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Dan commented on 9/01/2013:

Moderated slightly. Thanks to a note from user alphanumeric, the choice of bitters was changed to prefer Bittermens Mole over Angostura.

try it with a grapefruit twist and two dashes of bitters. also try el tesoro reposado and los amantes mezcal

Updated this as per the recipe in the Death and Co. book, pg. 273.



bza commented on 11/02/2014:

So they list it without mole bitters? I don't have the book...

Nallix commented on 11/22/2017:

I really enjoy this drink and found a small pinch of kosher salt when shaking really makes the flavors shine.

getup8 commented on 6/19/2020:

You definitely have to be a fan of mezcal and boozy drinks, but if you are, this drink is simple and sublime. The official recipe does indeed say Angostura but I'm sure Bittermens Mole would be great as well.  The flamed orange twist probably isn't necessary but it does make for a fun gimmick and adds a bit more smokiness.