1 1⁄2 oz Rye
1⁄2 oz Mezcal
1⁄2 oz Amaro, Cappelletti Sfumato Rabarbaro (Zucca would probably work here too)
1 twst Grapefruit peel (As garnish)

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with a grapefruit twist.


I was inspired enough by the combination of rabarbaro and Pedro Ximenez in the Cold Was the Ground (that I found on Kindred Cocktails) to riff on it. I swapped the spirits for the rye-mezcal duo that has worked in drinks like the My Old Piano and the Intrepid and the bitters for Angostura. I also upped the sherry to the half ounce that I thought would work better the night before. For a name, I kept the musical theme and became inspired by Nick Cave, so I called this one Slowly Goes the Night.

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FRY 2021
Posted by yarm on 8/09/2021
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Frederic Yarm, Boston, MA
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  • Wonderful balance between sweet, bitter, and smoke.
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Bitter and smoky adds depth without dominating and grapefruit oils really add to the fruity sweet profile of the sherry. Wonderfully subtle and complex!