After a long day there is nothing better than sitting down, nibbling on something a little sweet and sipping on something a little strong. For me, the something sweet is a piece of dark chocolate. The something strong? Well, right now I’m really enjoying this mezcal meletti cocktail.
Now, before we get to the recipe for this mezcal meletti cocktail, let me first explain the ingredients in case you haven’t heard of them yet. First, there’s the mezcal. It’s made from the agave plant but it has a smokier flavor because the agave is cooked in earthen pit ovens with hot rocks. Next, there’s the Meletti. This is an Italian amaro made with various herbs and spices including anise and saffron. I love it because of the strong chocolate notes. The last spirit in this drink that you might not be familiar with is Batavia Arrack. Made from sugarcane and java red rice, Batavia Arrack has a real bite to it when drunk straight. Personally, I don’t care for it much on its own but mixed into cocktails, it helps balance out certain drinks as well as add some depth.
Alright, that was a lot of information to take in. Deep breath. Now go enjoy your cocktail.
- 1-1/2 ounces mezcal (I used Fidencio Clásico)
- ½ ounce Amaro Meletti
- ¼ ounce sweet vermouth
- ¼ ounce Batavia Arrack
- 1 dash Bittermen's Xocolatl Mole bitters
- Grapefruit peel for garnish
- Add all ingredients except garnish to a mixing glass and fill with ice.
- Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass (a Nick and Nora cocktail glass works perfect here if you have one - or something similar).
- Squeeze the grapefruit peel over the drink to express the oils, rub along the rim of the glass, twist and drop into the drink before enjoying.
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