Tequila // Mezcal

Rose Burned // Travis Baker // Coin-Op Sacramento


Remember our shrub how-to from a little while back? Well, we’ve decided to go one step further and give you a practical application. This particular recipe comes from contributor Travis Baker (@travbo530 instagram) from Coin-Op Sacramento. For the uninitiated, mezcal tastes like a slightly smokey tequila. In fact, tequila IS mezcal. But mezcal isn’t necessarily tequila. Just one of those funny things to be found in the wide world of alcohol. Baker uses lemon as his citric element here to give it enough backbone to stand up to the rest of the flavors. We all know what’s happening in that shrub, so let’s talk a little Campari. Campari is a bitter, red, aperitif from Italy. Fun fact of the day- Campari used to be colored by carmine dye, which is made from crushed cochineals. Cochineals are insects that generally live on cacti. So, with mezcal coming from agave, and Campari (sort of) coming from cactus, these two liquors are kind of distant cousins. Maybe not, but they certainly play well together. The smoke from the mezcal dances nicely around the bitterness of Campari, and the fruity, vinegar-sweet combination of the shrub rounds out the cocktail superbly. The money move here was the addition of the champagne. The champagne stretches the drink out enough to not assault your taste buds with a full on flavor blitz, and the effervescence from the bubbles adds a happy little dance to the cocktail.

Rose Burned
1 oz Mezcal
.5 oz Lemon
.5 oz Blueberry Thyme Shrub
.5 oz Campari
.5 oz Simple
Top Champagne

Add all your ingredients except the champagne to your mixing tins and shakey-shake-shake. If you want to go expert level on this drink, add your champagne to the drink AFTER you shake, but BEFORE you strain it into your coupe glass. If you don’t think you can eyeball how much champagne to add, just strain the drink out and add the champagne after. This won’t mix the champagne into the cocktail as well, but you won’t be over-diluting it either. Give it a quick stir to make sure it’s all nice and mixed.

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  • Reply Kristen @ The Endless Meal April 4, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Campari and mescal are two of my favourite things. This cocktail sounds incredible!

    • Reply justmakemesomething April 7, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      it really is Kristen, thanks!

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