Vida Old Fashioned

This smoky mix of mezcal, cardamom and vanilla is anything but old-fashioned.

2 oz. mezcal
½ oz. black cardamom syrup
3 dashes vanilla bitters
Tools:  mixing glass, barspoon, strainer
Glass: rocks
Garnish: orange twist

Combine all ingredients and stir with ice to chill. Strain over one large ice cube into a rocks glass and garnish.

Cardamom Syrup: Combine 1/8 cup of cracked black cardamom (you may substitute regular cardamom in a pinch) with 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup of water over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Let cool to room temperature, strain into a glass jar and keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

Chad Walsh, The Dutch, New York City