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Adapted from a recipe by Philip Ward, Mayahuel, New York City.
30 ml (1 oz) Del Maguey Mezcal San Luisdel Rio
22.5 ml ( .75 oz) Aperol
15 ml (.5 oz) Luxardo maraschino liqueur
22.5 ml (.75 oz) fresh lime juice
1 grapefruit twist
Shake over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Squeeze the twist over the drink, then discard.
gaz sez: Okay, so I love Phil Ward and I can’t resist including one of his recipes in this batch. Sue me, already. Then make this cocktail and tell me it ain’t absolutely fabulous. The balance is perfect, every ingredient plays a discernable role, and the grapefruit twist caps it off beautifully.