101 Best New Cocktails: Benicio Del Toro by Michael S. Gatlin, Outliers Eatery, Portland, Maine, USA

by Gaz Regan · Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2014

Benicio Del Toro

Michael S. Gatlin, Outliers Eatery, Portland, Maine, USA

“Outliers Eatery in Portland Maine has a large collection of Ralph Steadman paintings. The owner and I are both Hunter Thompson fans. All the drinks have names in reference to Hunter. This drink has a large smoky personality, much like the actor who played Oscar Zeta Acosta in Terry Gilliam’s film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” Michael S. Gatlin.

[Benicio Del Toro played Dr. Gonzo, the drug-addicted lawyer, in Terry Gilliam’s move, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.]

45 ml (1.5 oz) Vida MescalSAMSUNG

22.5 ml (.75 oz) Yellow Chartreuse –

15 ml (.5 oz) Amaro Meletti

22.5 ml (.75 oz) fresh lime juice –

1 barspoon of Laphroaig 10 year old single malt scotch

Shake over ice and strain into a chilled coupe.

gaz sez:   I loves me some Ralph Steadman—he was my fave cartoonist in Private Eye  magazine back in the 60s, and his work on Pink Floyd’s The Wall was astounding—but I’m afraid I’m not too keen on Hunter S. Thompson.  I tried to read Fear and Loathing once, but I’m afraid that I just couldn’t get through it, so I put it down.  I’m a huge fan, though, of this drink—it’s complex, sophisticated, and so nicely balanced.  The barspoon of Laphroaig is an inspired touch.  This is the sort of drink that 20th century bartenders would never have put together, but these days bartenders are far braver when it comes to picking ingredients.  Nicely done, sir!

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