"Mezcal can be a beast, and when it first came into popularity in the United States, that was a big part of its appeal. (So much smoke! So much flavor!). However, in drink making, sometimes too much is too much; and if you want to use mezcal as your base and not a modifier, it can easily drown out the rest of the drink. I created the Arinato to be a lighter stirred drink and to celebrate the more delicate sides of what many think of as a brutish spirit. The mezcal I use is the 80-proof Ilegal Joven; paired with floral fortified wines, it makes for an easy-sipper that proves how elegant mezcal can be."
20ml Lillet Blanc
15ml Dolin Dry Vermouth
10ml Yellow Chartreuse
½ tsp Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
Grapefruit twist for garnish
1. Add all the ingredients, except the grapefruit twist, to a mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain over a large ice cube in a rocks glass. Express the grapefruit twist over the drink and then rest the twist on the cube in the glass.
Extracted from Ivy Mix’s book Spirits of Latin America. Published with permission.