Tuesday, October 22, 2019


1 1/2 oz Gin (Tamsworth)
1/2 oz Mezcal (Fidencio)
1 oz Dry Vermouth (Noilly Prat)
1 tsp Islay Scotch (Caol Ila 12 year)

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail glass pre-rinsed with absinthe (St. George), and garnish with a lemon twist.
For a drink after my bar shift two Tuesdays ago, I was in the mood for something straight spirits. My search led me to the Barnotes app where I spotted Rafa Garcia Febles' Tombstone that was his circa 2014 "grittier Obituary Cocktail." The Obituary Cocktail was created at LaFitte's Blacksmith Shop in New Orleans as a Martini riff containing gin, dry vermouth, and absinthe. Here, the spirit was split with a duo of smokier elements, namely mezcal and Scotch. After stirring and straining, the Tombstone welcomed the senses with a lemon, smoke, floral, and anise aroma. Next, a crisp white grape sip shot into a botanical-driven swallow that was interlaced with vegetal-plastic and smoke notes and finished in a savory fashion.

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