Tuesday, November 16, 2010

la palabra

1 oz Del Maguey Mezcal Vida
1 oz Combier Liqueur d'Orange
1 1/4 oz Green Chartreuse
3/4 oz Lime Juice

Shake with ice and strain into a rocks glass.
On Tuesday night last week, Andrea and I went over to No. 9 Park for cocktails. One of the drinks bartender Ted Kilpatrick wanted to show me was his take on the Last Word using Mezcal that he dubbed La Palabra. Ted was rather excited about the drink for he liked how the Mezcal Vida brought out the vegetal notes of the Chartreuse. The cocktail's aroma was mainly the herbaceous green Chartreuse supplemented by a hint of smokiness from the Mezcal. The sip was dry and crisp with citrus notes; in fact, it was the driest Last Word variation I have tasted. The swallow was similar to the nose for it was replete with smoke and Chartreuse flavors. Ted explained his breaking from the standard Last Word's equal parts recipe as Chartreuse did not play well with the Mezcal so he had to up the liqueur's proportion to make it stand out.

4 comments:

HayBoy said...

Brendan made this for us at no.9 a few weeks ago. ive since made it at home with san luis del rio and enjoyed it even more. ive also gone back to equal parts at home, but maybe thats because i really like mezcal.

frederic said...

I agree that Vida isn't the best of the Del Maguey, but it allows bartenders to make drinks within a decent profit margin. When Drink was making Mezcal cocktails, they had to charge a $5 upcharge until the Vida came out.

dave said...

Are those proportions right? Between the Combier and Chartreuse, I can't imagine it coming out on the dry side.

frederic said...

Mezcal is rather drying with its astringency and harshness, and green Chartreuse - while it does have a decent sugar content - is not very sweet to me. And lime juice is also drying. So the only really sweet thing is the Combier.