Thursday, May 25, 2023

polar bear

1 1/2 oz Mezcal (Del Maguey Vida)
3/4 oz Dolin Blanc Vermouth
1/2 oz Tempus Fugit Crème de Menthe
6 drop Angelica Tincture (2-3 dash Celery Bitters (Bitter Truth) as a recommended sub)

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail coupe.
Two Thursdays ago, I reached for Robert Simonson's Mezcal & Tequila Cocktails book and became curious about the Polar Bear. I had skipped over this recipe before, but after having written up the Stinger, I was interested in seeing what a mezcal twist crafted by the Bon Vivants at Trick Dog in 2013 would be like. The only other time I have had tequila or mezcal with crème de menthe was the Charo's Kick. Here, the Polar Bear swiped at the nose with roasted vegetal, smoke, and herbal aromas. Next, white wine with an herbal note on the sip flowed into smoky mezcal and mint on the swallow and a smoke-tinged finish.

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