Before I’m accused of being unspeakably lame for blogging about a cocktail that:
- has been featured on the menu of one of the world’s most talked-about cocktail bars for the better part of a year, and
- has already had more than its fair share of press coverage, and that going back nearly a year as well,
let me say in my defense that:
- I live 3,000 miles away from said bar, and
- OK, maybe I am that unspeakably lame.
But I’m bringing up this drink for a few reasons (more fun with bullet lists!):
- it sounds (and is) really good, and I’ve had the piece of yellowing newsprint novelty-magneted to my refrigerator since the day I ripped the recipe out of the New York Times;
- I finally got around to stocking one of the necessary ingredients, so making this drink is now possible in my home;
- I recently made snippy comments about the Times‘ “Shaken and Stirred” cocktail column that appears in every other (or thereabouts) Sunday Styles section, prompting an e-mail from the incredibly talented, patient and polite columnist who was wondering why he’d incurred my passive-aggressive wrath, so now I feel like a schmuck and need to highlight one of the drinks he covered that I did find really engaging (see point #1, above); and
- I have to — it’s Mixology Monday, our host Jimmy Patrick has chosen Variations as the theme, and this tasty, tasty concoction certainly fits the bill.
While it could be argued that the Oaxaca Old Fashioned isn’t actually a variation, since Old Fashioned Cocktails were originally made with whatever booze happened to be lying around, enough time has passed that the drink is now in the mixological lexicon as a whiskey cocktail (actually, so much time has passed that the Old Fashioned is now typically thought of as a whiskey / fruity mess / club soda cocktail, a point I’ve already bitched about but is one that still depresses me so thoroughly that I’m going to end that discussion right here).
I should also point out that the recipe below is actually a variation on a variation — hah, try to keep up with that! — in that I’ve taken D&C’s published recipe and tweaked it ever so slightly, deciding to supplement the Angostura bitters with a couple of dashes of the Bittermens‘ luscious Xocolatl Mole Bitters, which I just can’t get enough of.
Ooh, this is so good — the mezcal gives the drink a really rich smokiness, which the tequila kind of tempers yet maintains with its own gentle peppery character, and then the deep spice of the bitters just rattles around in the glass. The Old Fashioned is one of the oldest of cocktails, but with this side trip to Oaxaca, the old dog has learned a spectacular new trick.
Oaxaca Old Fashioned
- 1 1/2 ounces reposado tequila (D&C recommends El Tesoro; I’m using Don Julio)
- 1/2 ounce mezcal (they say Los Amantes Joven; I’ve got Los Danzantes)
- 1 teaspoon agave nectar
- Dash of Angostura (me: add to this two dashes of Bittermens’ Xocolatl Mole bitters)
Stir with ice then strain into ice-filled old-fashioned glass. Garnish with an orange twist — flame it if you know how.
No pictures, because tonight I’m running even later than Jimmy, but head on over to his joint for the roundup in the next day or two.