We've been reading the book “Tequila & Mezcal” (only in Swedish) by Josephine Sondlo and Madeleine Solo Rapp from cover to cover the last weeks. And there are so many great recipes in this book it was almost difficult to decide what to start with!
However, the cocktail on the book's cover is a Red Viper, and this is the one we eventually decided to make first of all:
Now our cocktail turned out a little less red compared to the cover version. Probably because we used Carpano Antica Formula sweet vermouth and Liber & Co grenadine, both being more gold coloured rather than red. The taste however was probably similar. Mezcal is so good! We can't get enough of that smokiness, that really comes through also in this cocktail. It's a very sophisticated spirit that everyone definitely should try, especially tequila lovers.
The book itself is a couple of years old. Today Josephine and Madeleine are both superstars. Josephine mainly in Sweden, within several different cocktail related projects and Madeleine as a bartender at award winning Dead Rabbit in NYC. We seriously believe they are still mezcal lovers, and if we would ever run into them where they work we would without hesitation order their choice of a mezcal or tequila based cocktail.
0,75 oz mezcal
0,75 oz tequila
0,75 oz sweet vermouth
1 bar spoon Cynar
2 bar spoons grenadine
Stir with fresh ice and strain into the glass.
Nick & Nora