3/4 oz Mezcal Vida (or Blanco Tequila)
3/4 oz Becherovka Liqueur
1 1/2 oz Fresh Sour Mix (*)
Shake with ice and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with 2 oz of Smuttynose Star Island Single (a Belgian-style pale ale) and add a straw.
(*) Hungry Mother's recipe is 1 part lemon juice, 1 part sugar, 1 part water.
In contemplating my second drink, bartender Heather Mojer showed me a more expansive list of the cocktails that have appeared on the menu at Hungry Mother. The one that caught my eye was the 57 for the combination of Becherovka liqueur and beer intrigued me. Heather mentioned that when Duane Gorey created this cocktail, it was a blanco tequila drink, but she prefers it a bit more with mezcal. The drink began with a beer aroma that was supplemented by spice notes from the Becherovka. The carbonation on the sip accompanied a citrussy beer flavor, and the swallow showcased the mezcal's agave and smoke and the liqueur's cinnamon and clove flavors. Lastly, the abbey-style beer provided a funky ale finish. Overall, the drink reminded me a Bohemio that gained some lightness and intrigue from the beer.