1 1⁄4 oz Mezcal
3⁄4 oz Cardamaro
1⁄4 oz Fernet Branca
1 twst Orange peel (As garnish)

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with an orange twist.


I became inspired by the Cardamaro-Amaro Montenegro combination in the Khartoum. The Amaro Montenegro then got me thinking about the combination with mezcal called the M&M, and I mashed up the three ingredients; however, the end result felt flat even after I tinkered by adding absinthe and bitters. In the end, mezcal was not bringing the same structure as Smith & Cross Rum did in the Brick & Mortar classic. I continued tinkering with it at work a day later and took a page from the Scarecrow playbook and added in a 1/4 oz of Fernet Branca which donated that needed depth of flavor. Since the Khartoum was named after the race horse in The Godfather movie, I honed in on actor Marlon Brando and named this the Songs My Mother Taught Me after his autobiography.

Cocktail summary
Picture of Songs My Mother Taught Me
FRY 2022
Posted by yarm on 8/11/2022
Created by
Frederic Yarm, Somerville, MA
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