Playing off one of my favorite classic cocktails, The Last Word, I present to you The Final Kiss. A mezcal last word – a variation of the original, but kinda smoky. And delicious.
The classic Last Word cocktail is equal parts gin, maraschino liqueur, Green Chartruese and lime juice. For this mezcal last word, I swapped out the first three ingredients and used mezcal (obviously), Genepy des Alpes (similar to Green Chartreuse) and Blanc Vermouth. It felt lacking a little without the maraschino liqueur, so I threw in a barspoon of Luxardo and that helped bring it all together.
Now if you’re still unfamiliar with mezcal, now is a great time to get acquainted with this smoky agave spirit. This mezcal 101 article over at Epicurious is great place to start. The last line in the article, “You kiss mezcal” was also the inspiration for the name of this drink.
So go ahead, have the final kiss. You know you want it.
- ¾ ounce mezcal (I used Fidencio Clasico)
- ¾ ounce Genepy des Alpes
- ¾ ounce blanc vermouth (I used La Quintinye Vermouth Royal)
- ¾ ounce lime juice
- 1 barspoon Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
- Grapefruit peel for garnish
- Add all ingredients except for garnish to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice.
- Shake and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Express the oils of the grapefruit peel over the drink, rub around the rim and drop in the drink to garnish.
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