Friday, May 13, 2022

disco ball (sother teague)

1 oz Mezcal (Peloton de la Muerte)
1 oz Blanc Vermouth (Dolin)
1/2 oz Green Chartreuse
1/2 oz Yellow Chartreuse
2 dash Chamomile Bitters (Bittermens Burlesque)

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with lemon oil from a twist (include twist).

Two Fridays ago, I returned to Sother Teague's I'm Just Here for the Drinks to uncover any glossed over gems. There, I spotted the Disco Ball that reminded me of the H-Bomb given the split of Green and Yellow Chartreuse. Sother based this drink on a shot of equal parts mezcal, Green Chartreuse, and Yellow Chartreuse of the same name, and he modified it to be more cocktail-like similar to his alterations on the C.I.A.. The original can be traced back to Kara Newman's 2016 Shake. Stir. Sip. book where she sourced the recipe from Ford Roberts at Grain and Grape Exchange in Jacksonville, Florida, where the shot is on tap. Robert Simonson in the New York Times commented on the shot as, "If there are any booze bullies that can back mezcal into a corner, it's the tag team of Green and Yellow Chartreuse. They dominate here, creating a liquid riot of herbs in a glass, with a background smokiness the only hint that the mezcal's still hiding in there."
Sother's alteration was to reduce the Chartreuse's effect by doubling the mezcal and adding in blanc vermouth to make the shot original more cocktail-worthy. Sother Teague's Disco Ball illuminated the senses with lemon, smoke, and herbal aromas. Next, a semi-sweet white grape sip spun into smoky, vegetal, and herbaceous notes on the swallow.

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