El Dorado de Pizarro

by Gaz Regan · Sunday, May 20th, 2012 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2011

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

Click HERE to submit your recipe for a chance to be included in next year’s list.

El Dorado de Pizarro

Adapted from a recipe by Robert Hearne, Grape   Street Underground,Denver.

“Created and paired well with the arrival of fall weather. Named for the legendary city of gold and the conquistador who never found it.” Robert Hearne.

60 ml (2 oz) Hacienda de Chihuahua Sotol Plata

30 ml (1 oz) fresh lime juice

30 ml (1 oz) Grand Marnier

1 teaspoon Averna amaro

2 dashes Bittermens Xocolatl Mole bitters

1 small pinch salt

1 lime wedge, as garnish

Shake over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass (preferably one with blue or green glass and a hand-blown, South-of-the-Border look). Add the garnish.

gaz sez:  Sotol as a base spirit!  What a brave soul is Robert Hearne.  He pulls it off, too.  The Grand Marnier serves to soften, theAverno leaps up and grabs your attention, the bitters round the drink out, and the pinch of salt seals the deal.  Nice crafted, Robert.

When I wrote to Robert to tell him that his drink was going to be included here, he got back to me to fess up that he wasn’t a professional bartender, but I couldn’t bring myself to take this drink out of the list.  It’s one of the perks of writing your own rules.

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