3/4 oz Mezcal [Fidencio]
3/4 oz Drambuie
3/4 oz House Mango Kiwi Shrub
3/4 oz Lime Juice
Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with kiwi and dried mango.
As I’ve mentioned before, Mrs. Muddle rides hard for Mezcal. If we go out and there is a mezcal drink on the menu, smart money says she’ll order it. Likewise, when we’re making drinks at home, she’ll often request one with that agave spirit. I feel like I’ve made a mezcal drink with almost every other bottle in my bar.
After such extensive research, I feel confident in declaring the mezcal and Drambuie combo a true winner. There is something that happens when the succulent smoke of mezcal combines with the warm whiskey and honey notes of Drambuie. It almost doesn’t matter what else you put around it. Stirred spiritous drinks are always a good bet, but this week I wanted to lighten things up.
Over the summer I made a mango kiwi shrub, and I figured it would provide some lovely hight notes to a mezcal and drambuie drink. Some lime juice also added a citrusy punch.
The Victory Formation starts out with the trademark smokey aromas of mezcal. Mango and kiwi notes add a ripe fruit scent, as some herbs from Drambuie peek through. The sip starts smoky, but then the acidic punch of citrus and vinegar cuts through. An earthy vegetal quality seeps in too, as the Drambuie and mezcal join forces. Then the sweetness from the Drambuie accentuates the fruits for a bit of tropicality. The finish is smooth and full, with all the flavors coming through for one last hurrah.
Remember the combined power of mezcal and Drambuie next time you think of a drink with either one. It’s a pairing that doesn’t seem to work on the surface, but after a few sips you realize the whole is truly greater than the sum of their parts.