After the response to the posts on whiskey and the Boulevardier cocktail, I’ve been thinking about doing at least one of these kinds of posts a month. This time, I’m featuring a drink I was first introduced to at one of my favorite watering holes—Dutch Kills. The Oaxacan Old Fashioned wasn’t on the menu, but one of the things I love to do, especially with skilled bartenders, is to ask them to make me something with [fill in the blank]. That evening my choice was mezcal. If you’re a spirit forward cocktail person and like a little smokiness, the Oaxacan Old Fashioned is for you.
Oaxacan Old Fashioned
1.5 oz. Tequila Reposado
.5 oz. Mezcal
1 tsp. Agave Syrup
1 dash Aztec Chocolate Bitters
Combine the tequila, mezcal, agave syrup, and bitters in a mixing glass. Stir with ice and strain into a chilled rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a flamed orange peel.
If you’re wondering about the specific spirits I used: Sombra mezcal, El Espolon tequila, and Fee Brothers bitters. Have you ever had this cocktail?