101 Best New Cocktails: The Cure by Eric Tecosky, Jones Hollywood, West Hollywood, CA, USA

by Gaz Regan · Monday, February 24th, 2014 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2014

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The Cure

Adapted from a recipe by Eric Tecosky, Jones Hollywood, West Hollywood, CA, USA

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“A south of the border spin on the modern classic, Penicillin,” Eric Tecosky

60 ml (2 oz) Herradura Anejo tequila

22.5 ml (.75 oz) fresh lemon juicecure

15 ml (.5 oz) honey syrup (50/50)

15 ml (.5 oz) Domain de Canton ginger liqueur

7.5 ml (.25 oz) el Silencio Mezcal

1 lemon twist, as garnish

Shake all ingredients except the mezcal over ice and strain into an ice filled double old-fashioned glass.  Float the mezcal on top.  Add the garnish.

gaz sez:  Not long after this drink was inducted into 101 Best New Cocktails, Eric wrote saying that, after he submitted this recipe, he’d seen similar quaffs that pre-dated The Cure, and asking that I remove his drink from the list, lest anyone thought he’d copied someone else’s formula.  “I have had enough recipes ‘borrowed’ from me, that I would never want anyone to think that of me,” he said.

Well, the answer, dear Eric, is a resounding NO!  Once you’re in, you’re in.  This was the first time we’d sampled such a drink, we loved it, and the decision was made.  Here are my original “gaz sez” notes:

Mezcal sure has come a long way in the past few years, and Eric uses it well in this drink.  The smoky nose on this baby is so damned more-ish, and the hint of ginger and honey on the palate play pied pipers to your taste buds.  Promise.

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