1 1⁄2 oz Rye
1⁄2 oz Mezcal
1⁄2 oz Bénédictine
1⁄2 oz Suze (Or other gentian liqueur)
1 twst Lemon peel (As garnish)

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


For a less sweet drink, decrease the Benedictine to 1/4 oz or perhaps decrease both liqueurs to 3/8 oz. And increase the mezcal to 3/4 oz.


In thinking about gentian cocktails that I had recently made at Drink, I noted that gentian liqueur pairs well both with mezcal and with Benedictine. The 3:1 rye whiskey to mezcal base spirit is one that I have grown to appreciate through the years especially in Death & Co. recipes. Assembling all the components, I dubbed this one the Vaquero meaning cowboy. Folks looking for drier drinks should see the note.

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