All Betts Are Off

by Gaz Regan · Saturday, March 31st, 2012 · 101 Best New Cocktails 2011

All Betts Are Off

Adapted from a recipe by Matt Lanning, The Bitter Bar, Boulder, CO.

“Not many of my current customers can find a way to enjoy the smokiness of mezcal. In looking for a drink to help them understand the versatility of the spirit, I wanted to come up with something spiritous but that retained the character of the mezcal. The drink has been well received by all but the most smoke-sensitive. . . . The name is in homage to Sombra’s owner, Richard Betts, and refers to the way that the cocktail might just change a non-believer’s opinion about mezcal. You think you don’t like mezcal? With this one, all ‘betts’ are off!” Matt Lanning.

45 ml (1.5 oz) Sombra mezcal

22.5 ml (.75 oz) Dolin Blanc vermouth

22.5 ml (.75 oz) yellow Chartreuse

2 dashes grapefruit bitters (I use Bitter Truth)

1 grapefruit twist, as garnish

Stir over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Squeeze the twist over the drink, then add as garnish.

gaz sez:  When I eyeballed this recipe the Dolin didn’t make much sense to me, but when I tasted the drink it was obvious why Matt had chosen this particular vermouth to ride alongside mezcal and Chartreuse—two very dominant ingredients.  The Dolin brings a creaminess to this quaff, it turns out—it acts like a white fluffy mattress on which the other ingredients play.

This is one of 2011’s 101 Best New Cocktails.

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