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Japanese Cocktail Riff: Las Almendras

Recipe: Jennifer Colliau , San Francisco, CA

Photo: John Valls

Japanese Cocktail Riff

A simple stirred cocktail that highlights the richness of orgeat, mezcal and chocolate bitters.

Small Hand Foods creator Jennifer Colliau created this spin on Jerry Thomas’ classic Japanese Cocktail. “[The drink] serves as an excellent template for other orgeat-sweetened Old Fashioned variations,” she says. “I return to this one over and over again, as the richness of the almonds stands up to the pronounced smoke of the mezcal.”

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. mezcal
  • ½ oz. Small Hand Foods orgeat
  • 3 dashes chocolate bitters
  • Tools:barspoon
  • Garnishes:orange peel, cinnamon stick
  • Glass:rocks

Preparation

In a rocks glass, stir the mezcal, orgeat and bitters together with a large ice cube. Express the oils from an orange peel over the drink, then drop it in. Add a cinnamon stick.

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