Cocktail Dice – Last of 2018

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It is only fitting that I play my first round of cocktail dice on December 31, 2018.  We found this cute bar accessory in Los Gatos, California where Mark and I spent one very memorable afternoon.  My Christmas gift this year was a flight to San Jose for one day.  Why?  To get me to Gold Medallion status on Delta!  But, the trip grand finale was a 10-course dinner at David Kinch’s 3-Michelin star restaurant Manresa.  The millennials are definitely onto something with this experience over material gifts.

With tonight’s dice, I create a play on the Last of the Oaxacans cocktail recipe which happens to be a remake of the Last Word cocktail.  We’ll call it the Last of 2018.  I love the smoky taste of mezcal so I am using that in place of tequila for my roll.  Instead of a cherry, I choose Luxardo Maraschino liquor.  For bitters, I use Native Floral from my Strongwater herbal bitter sampler.  For my wild card, I’ll add Chartreuse.  Chartreuse is a French liqueur made by Carthusian Monks since 1737 aged with 130 herbs, plants and flowers.  The basil will add a nice botanical twist to the drink.

Last of 2018 Cocktail Recipe

  • ¾ ounce mezcal
  • ¾ ounce Chartreuse
  • ½ ounce Luxardo Maraschino
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice
  • 2 drops of bitters (we used Navive Floral from Strongwater)
  • Basil (make sure to smack basil between hands before putting it into shaker)
  • Shake on ice and serve in martini or coupe glass
  • Garnish with tiny basil leaves or a cherry

Happy, safe drinking and a Happy New Year

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