Mixology Monday is back and this month we’re hosted by Tristan Stephenson over at the Wild Drink Blog. Tristan’s edict was to take a classic cocktail and put a twist on it that makes the new version superior to the old. He also requested for us to tell our favorite song to do the twist to – ACDC’s Back in Black.
The first thing that popped in my head when thinking about twists was my Chichicapa Margarita. It is simply a margarita with either the addition of a smoky mezcal or a complete replacement of tequila with the mezcal. But to be honest, I love the addition of the smokiness and don’t know if I’ll make a regular margartia for myself again.
2oz Del Maguey Chichicapa mezcal
1oz fresh lime juice
1 Tbls agave syrup
Shake everything with ice and strain into a chilled glass. Or if you want, strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass.
The second twist a little more obscure. One evening while sitting at The Gibson, one of their wonderful bartenders, Tiffany Short, whipped up a drink for me when I wasn’t sure what I wanted. That drink was an Old Pal.
1oz Rye Whiskey
.75oz Sweet Vermouth
-Stir with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass.
For my twist, I decided to take the spicey, bitter, deep flavor of the Old Pal and make it lighter yet still packed with flavors. I simply twisted the original ingredients by replacing them with lighter versions of themselves.
1oz Bourbon [I used Bernheim - a Wheat Whiskey instead of bourbon, Maker's Mark would be a fantastic choice!]
.75oz Dolin Blanc Vermouth
-Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
The nose is reminisant of mellon and citris. You taste the bourbon which is rounded out by a bitter citrus and a roundness from the Bolin. It is light sweet and flavorful. Certainly a new twist on a classic cocktail.
Thanks again to Tristan for hosting this month! I can’t see what the other folks out there come up with!