Wednesday, January 12, 2022


2 oz Reposado Tequila (Cimarron)
3/4 oz Manzanilla Sherry (Tio Pepe Fino)
1/2 oz St. Germain (St. Elder)
1 dash Orange Bitters (Scrappy's)

Stir with ice, strain into a double old fashioned glass (coupe) pre-rinsed with mezcal (Mezcal Union), and garish with a grapefruit twist.
Two Wednesdays ago, I was scanning the Kindred Cocktails database when I uncovered the Suro-Mago created by Phil Ward at Mayahuel and published in Food & Wine in 2011. Phil named this drink after tequila advocate David Suro-Piñera, and the combination reminded me of the simplicity of the Elder Fashion with the reposado tequila-mezcal duo seen in his Oaxacan Old Fashioned as the spirit base (plus the addition of sherry). In the glass, the Suro-Mago greeted the senses with a smoke, briny, and grapefruit aroma. Next, a peachy sip with a hint of grapefruit flowed into tequila, floral, nutty, and mineral flavors on the swallow.

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