A variation on the Oaxacan Old Fashioned—a nouveau classic created in 2007 at New York’s Death & Co by bartender Phil Ward—this smoky take adds Bittermens piquant mole bitters to the mix. With measures of both mezcal and reposado tequila at the base, this Old Fashioned has a smoky, savory edge and woodsy depth. Give it a try if a standard Old Fashioned is a bit too light and sweet for you.
Mezcal Old Fashioned
- Combine the water and agave nectar in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Reduce to a simmer and stir until nectar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Immediately take the saucepan off the heat.
- Let cool, then pour into a container and store in the refrigerator for up to one month.
Bored with the classic Margarita? Does that sour pucker of fresh lime make your mouth feel like you’ve eaten an entire box of Sour Patch Kids? Meet the Margarita’s easy going cousin, the Baja Gold. The drink swaps out lime juice for fresh pineapple juice and uses a reposado tequila instead of a blanco tequila for added depth.