3/4 oz Mezcal <Sacrificio>
3/4 oz St. Germain
3/4 oz Grand Marnier
3/4 oz Lime Juice
Shake with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with flamed lime peel.
Recently we acquired a firepit for the backyard, and a few weekends ago we were able to light it up for the first time. They are really wonderful things, making an evening simply sitting in the yard more than just sitting in the yard. And of course you can’t sit around a fire with empty hands, so we sipped on some beers and cocktails as we stared into the flames. Mrs. Muddle stayed true to form and had a La Palabra (and it was declicious, by the way). After tasting hers I knew the fire experience would be enhanced my the smokiness of mezcal, and set off to make something with it for myself.
I remembered the Uppercut I made my friend the week before, and thought swapping out the rye for mezcal would work nicely. “St. Germain and mezcal are good buddies”, I said to myself. Plus you can’t go wrong with mezcal and lime. So in I went, grabbed the bottles I needed, and mixed away. After the drink was done, I double checked the Uppercut recipe, only to find out I ended up making a completely different drink. Out went the Cocchi and Cointreau, and in came Grand Marnier and St. Germain. And so the Firepit was born.
As often happens in the kitchen, sometimes the tastiest creations are born from accidents or mistakes. This drink was no exception. From the first sip I knew it was a keeper. Smoky and refreshing all at the same time. St. Germain draped the sip in a creamy silkiness that coated the tongue. A tart prick of lime and smooth Grand Marnier jockeyed for position. But in the end, just as the start, the charred flavors of mezcal prevailed.
While a fire and/or firepit is not required to enjoy this drink, I highly recommend it. It’s perfect for gazing contemplatively at sparks popping out of the wood, and strong enough to warm from the inside if the wind shifts.