101 Best New Cocktails: Last Caress by Dan Carlson, Saul, Brooklyn, NY.

by Gaz Regan · Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2012

Last Caress

Adapted from a recipe by Dan Carlson, Saul, Brooklyn, NY.

“This one is surprisingly smooth and plays cat and mouse with your mind and palate. At first when you think it’s boozy, it softens; you think it’s crisp and clean, some smoke and spice creeps in; mild sweetness turns dry and bitter. I think this is a good one for someone who can’t make up their mind. Cheers.” Dan Carlson.Last Caress

60 ml (2 oz) Old Overholt rye whiskey

22.5 ml (.75 oz) Bénédictine

7.5 ml (.25 oz) Del Maguey Minero Mezcal

7.5 ml (.25 oz) Luxardo maraschino liqueur

2 dashes Angostura bitters

1 lemon twist, as garnish

Stir swiftly over cracked and large format ice until proper temperature and dilution is achieved. Strain into a chilled coupe. Flame the twist over the drink, then add as garnish. Lift cocktail and pour it into your mouth.

gaz sez: Dan sums this drink up well in his head-note, but I have to add that, for me at least, it’s the mezcal that makes this drink really stand out—it flirts with the Bénédictine very nicely indeed.

This is one of 2012’s 101 Best New Cocktails.

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