I like to think of Mezcal as Tequila’s more sophisticated, high fashion sister. But I think most would think of it as the smokey, agave based drink hailing out of Mexico. In fact, true Mezcal must come from one of eight states in Mexico.
On a recent visit to Project 52; one of our favourite places to discover a new tipple. We were convinced to try a Mezcal Old Fashioned. I’m not a fan of Old Fashioned’s but they have to be one of Danny’s favourites so we gave it a go. We both enjoyed it, much to my surprise, so we just HAD to share the recipe.
Love Wine has such a vast selection of all sort of beverages so we thought we’d get some advice. Will and Kevin were on hand to not only advise us on the best Mezcal for the job, but they even demoed how I could make this cocktail at home. Kevin suggested Orange Bitters instead of Angostura’s. But just know, Angostura’s would be fine if it’s all you have to hand. The grapefruit garnish adds the most amazing scent and really compliments the mezcal too.
This is actually an incredibly easy drink to make with very little ingredients, we’re planning on making a big jug this weekend so we can just pour it over ice for an impressive, minimal effort cocktails – yes, a jug of Mezcal Old Fashioned is certainly an option!
Serves 1 ( just multiply for however many Mezcal Old Fashions you require)
You will need:
Ice cubes or an ice ball
50 ml Mezcal (this one is our favourite)
2 drops Orange bitters (or Angostura’s if you can’t find orange)
1 tsp Agave
Pink Grapefruit for aromatics and garnish (the harder the skin, the more oil and more fragrant!)
How to make a Mezcal Old Fashioned:
Step 1: In a tall glass add ice, Mezcal, bitters, and agave.
Step 2: Stir, with a spoon stir for 2- 5 minutes depending on how cold your ice is.*
Step 3: Pour into a short tumbler style glass
Step 4: Add your grapefruit skin to garnish, remove the pith as that adds a bitter taste.
When you’re feeling fancy: Cut a larger slice of grapefruit skin, bending it against itself, lightly mist the glass from 3-4 inches away so the oils from the skin drop into the drink. Bartenders often wipe the outside of the glass with the citrus oils too as they are supposed to make you thirstier, encouraging you to drink more.
* Stirring this drinks is so important as it helps the ice to dilute into the Mezcal. This takes the burn off the otherwise straight liquor.
If you are making a batch of this Mezcal cocktail for a group of friends, simply get your mixture diluted to the correct level. Strain out the ice and keep it in the fridge. Put your ice and your garnish in your guest’s glasses, then top up from your jug. A great idea for parties and exactly what we plan on doing tomorrow night!
Get creative, add a segment of grapefruit instead of a swirl, or try a ribbon. Pin the photo above for later use!