1 1/2 oz Del Maguey Mezcal Vida
3/4 oz Aperol
1/2 oz Punt e Mes
1/4 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
1 dash Peychaud's Bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Twist an orange peel over the top.
After the Repeal Party at the Hawthorne, I met up with Andrea at the Citizen Public House for a late night snack and drink. For a cocktail, bartender John Nugent recommended the mezcal-based Very Old Cow that he had created. The drink began with an orange oil, fruity Aperol, and smoky mezcal aroma. The Punt e Mes' grape and Aperol's orange sip was followed by the mezcal, Punt e Mes' bitter elements, and a light Maraschino finish. The Aperol and lighter touch of Maraschino in this drink definitely took it in a different direction than other mezcal Red Hook-like drinks like the Magoun Squad, South Congress, and 1910 Cocktail.
The euphemisms are getting a bit stale, suffice to say: four people in Boston -- two of whom are much more prolific writers than the other two (including the originator of this blog, who has no excuse apart from laziness) -- who drink and tell. (Note: If you are looking for virgin cocktails, check out the companion MocktailVirgin blog!)