1 oz Campari
1/2 oz Mezcal (Montelobos)
1/2 oz Crème de Cacao (Marie Brizard)
Stir with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a wide orange twist.
A few weeks ago, I was looking through the Negroni variation submissions for the ShakeStir competition, and I spotted an intriguing one from Boston's own Sahil Mehta of Estragon. He described his drink, The Pantomimist, as, "Beauty in simplicity, as with the Negroni, but with darker notes from the modified base and the cacao, and an additional layer of complexity from the smoke." I am not sure whether I was more taken in by the flavor combinations in the recipe or the drink name itself...