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Japanese Cocktail Riff: Las Almendras

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.”


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


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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