Sunday, August 1, 2021

hot & heavy

1 oz Reposado Tequila (Cimarron)
1 oz Mezcal (Mezcal Union)
3 wedge Lemon (3/8th Lemon)
1/2 oz Hot Pepper-infused Honey (Honey Syrup + 1 pinch Cayenne Powder)
1 dash Angostura Bitters
1 dash Peychaud's Bitters

Muddle the lemon wedges in the honey syrup. Add the rest of the ingredients, shake with ice, and strain into an old fashioned glass with a large ice cube. Garnish with a mint sprig.

When I was researching the Tequila Gumption while writing up the Gumptions #2 Cocktail, Kindred Cocktails pointed out the Hot & Heavy as a related drink. Both are New York City recipes pairing equal parts reposado tequila and mezcal, but they each take a different path. The Hot & Heavy ventured away from a straight spirits drink into a muddled lemon balanced by spicy honey direction, and it was crafted by Troy Sidle at Pouring Ribbons in 2013. Overall, the combination reminded me of the Juschu Cocktail, Red Grasshopper, and Oaxacanite, so with an on-the-fly spicy honey syrup, I was game to give this one a go.
The Hot & Heavy welcomed the nose with a mint and agave aroma. Next, lemon and honey on the sip reached for an agave, honey, and pepper spice swallow.

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