Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Two nights ago, I made up this drink, the Calaveras, a smoky calvados-mezcal variant on the Sidecar. The housemate and I liked it. So I made it again to photograph on the following night. At the same time, it just happened that for dinner I needed some broth, and substituted Schlenkerla, a smoked beer from Germany. It perfumed the whole house appetizingly, blending with the other cooking aromas, making us very hungry. But we could no longer taste the smoke from the mezcal. I dumped another half ounce in my glass. Still didn’t seem smoky. The drink was completely overpowered by the smoke flavor in the air from the food.

  • 1 1/2 oz calvados
  • 3/4 0z Cointreau
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz mezcal
  • 1 dash Fee Bros Aromatic Bitters
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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