Posted by: Matt Browner Hamlin | January 28, 2010

Light Watts

Perusing an old post at Kaiser Penguin’s pad in which he regales us with a visit to DC this fall, I saw that Rick had posted an approximation of a cocktail by Adam Bernbach at Proof that I’ve had and is pretty tasty, the “Light Watts.” Rick’s estimation:

Light Watts

2oz Del Maguey Crema de Mezcal
1/2oz Campari
1/4oz Chartreuse
3/4oz lemon juice

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled vessel of imbibement.

I had this cocktail this fall during a visit to Proof. It’s a great mix of bitter, smokey, and sour. Adam has a great history of playing with mezcal and Del Maguey’s Crema de Mezcal in interesting ways. This was clearly another success. What I find really interesting about it is the avoidance of a non-spirit sweetener. Chartreuse is a sweet spirit and really does the job in this cocktail.

Del Maguey’s Crema de Mezcal can be tough to find at your neighborhood liquor store. Ace Beverage carries it in DC, though I’m sure some others do too. It’s a great product, though. It’s sweeter and less bracing than mezcal, while retaining a lot of the flavor profile of Del Maguey’s phenomenal line of mezcals. Plus, the product’s slogan is “For Women Only…and…A Few Strong Men.” Kinda bad ass, no?


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