Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Saramago (Death & Co. Recipe)


Sometimes a cocktail is designed to invite the senses and is so well-balanced that it seduces you completely. That is what happens with this drink, a variation on the Tequila Martini. 

My issue with the Tequila Martini is that it is often too dry, too forceful to have as your first cocktail. Saramago gets you over that hump with St. Germain to sweeten and add floral essences. Dolin blanc and tequila makes for a rounder Martini than the extra dry vermouth. It gives more of a grape flavor that plays well with the herbal notes of tequila. Finally, there's just a hint of smoke from the mezcal rinse that signals the deeper pleasures to come.

  • Del Maguey Vida Mezcal rinse
  • 2 oz blanco tequila (Sauza 100% blue agave blanco used)
  • 3/4 oz. Dolin blanc
  • 1/2 oz. St-Germain
  • 1 dash orange bitters (Hella used)
  • grapefruit twist

Rinse a coupe with mezcal and dump. Stir the remaining ingredients on ice and strain into the coupe. Twist a grapefruit zest over the drink and drop it in. 

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