The Magnificent Bastard Cocktail
1 oz Mezcal (Del Maguey Chichicapa)*
.5 oz Dry Vermouth (Dolin Dry)
.5 oz Sweet Vermouth (Dolin Rouge)
1.5 bar spoons Maraschino (Luxardo)
Stir all ingredients over ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
I think this is a cocktail that really fits into the idea of Magnificent Bastard and the type of drinks their editors seem to enjoy. It is very complex – smokey, sweet, bitter, deep and balanced. Each sip reveals a slightly different layer, showing the magnificence of this drink. But it’s also straight spirits and packs a strong punch. You may be intimidated by the mezcal, but don’t be — this isn’t the Mezcal from your college visit to Tijuana or Cancun. This is A Serious Spirit. Embrace it and let it free you.
* I also have made this with Del Maguey’s San Luis Del Rio. It is smokier than the Chichicapa, which has a strong citrus mix that I think works better for this cocktail.