1/2 oz Tempus Fugit Crème de Cacao
1/2 oz Averna
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
2 dash Bitter Truth Molé Bitters
Shake with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe glass, and garnish with a lemon twist.
Two Wednesdays ago, I stopped into Craigie on Main to pay bartender Rob Ficks a visit. For a drink, I selected his Pastry War off of the menu. The name is a reference to the first French intervention in Mexico in 1838 that ended with a British-brokered peace; it was later followed by the second French-Mexican conflict in 1861 that ended with the installation of Emperor Maximilian and provided inspiration for the Maximilian Affair cocktail name. Overall, the drink reminded me a bit of a mezcal Twentieth Century with hints of Ibsen's Door. Actually, Rob did not intend to create a mezcal recipe, but the original's Bourbon direction fell a little short, and he tried other spirits.