Monday, October 21, 2013


1 1/2 oz Del Maguey Mezcal Vida
1 oz Lustau Palo Cortado Sherry
1/2 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1/4 oz Aveze Gentian Liqueur
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a coupe glass.
After the Pipe Dream at Estragon, I asked to peek into bartender Sahil Mehta's recipe notebook, and there I spotted the Cesare. Sahil explained that he named this recipe after Cesare Borgia, the Italian nobleman, politician, and cardinal who was the son of Pope Alexander VI. Once mixed, the Cesare offered a smokey and herbal aroma. A honeyed grape sip gave way to a smokey mezcal swallow with bitter and earthy herbal finishing notes. Overall, there was a savory aspect to the drink that added a bit of intrigue to the drink.

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