Makes 1

"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."

45ml Mezcal

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.