Monday, July 9, 2012

last caress

2 oz Old Overholt Rye
3/4 oz Benedictine
1/4 oz Del Maguey Minero Mezcal (Mezcal Vida)
1/4 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
2 dash Angostura Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a flamed lemon twist.

Two Wednesdays ago, I was flipping through Gary Regan's 101 Best New Cocktails 2012 and spotted the Last Caress from Dan Carlson of Saul in Brooklyn. The combination of rye and mezcal has worked well before in drinks like the Red Ant and the Racketeer, so I was willing to give this one a try.
The Last Caress greeted the nose with a lemon oil, smoke, and rye aroma. The rye's malt on the sip was followed by whiskey, herbal, and light smoky notes on the swallow and a Maraschino finish. Overall, the Last Caress was like a gussied up Frisco with the Maraschino notes being the biggest difference from the classic.


Jordan said...

Is this one for a gentler rye like Overholt or do you think it would work with something brasher like Rittenhouse?

frederic said...

The ingredients listed (save for my substitution in parenthesis) are the way it was listed. Presumably the way the bartender makes it at his bar (unless Regan adapted the recipe somehow).

Rittenhouse's punch and fire could make it a different drink. It could be just as enjoyable.

Dagreb said...

"I got something to say..."

frederic said...

Dagreb, that kept going through my head. Luckily the Misfits version and not Metallica's cover (which was actually my first introduction to the song way back when).