AGAVECILLIN - A Tequila and Mezcal Riff on the Penicillin Cocktail

Inspired by New York Bartender Sam Ross' (Attaboy, Milk & Honey) Penicillin Cocktail*, I took his smoky scotch and ginger cocktail and added a bit of mad science spirit to it for Halloween. After some inductive reasoning, I formed the hypothesis that the two Scotches could safely be replaced with Tequila and a smokey Mezcal. Additionally, I predicted blood orange was an acceptable variable to lemon in this cocktail equation. I then proceeded with my experiment.

After analyzation (I analyzed two), I conclude the end result a rousing success. You don't have to take my word for it, feel free to test my methods, the formula is below.

Cocktail Experiment 

2 Oz. Espolon Blanco Tequila
3/4 Oz. Fresh Blood Orange Juice
1/2 Oz. Blood Orange Honey Syrup (recipe below)
3 Slices Fresh Ginger
1/4 Oz. Del Maguey VIDA Mezcal

Garnish: Candied Ginger, Orange Twist, Halloween Straw

Tools: Muddler, Cocktail Shaker, Fine Metal Mesh Strainer, Funnel

Glass: Graduated Lab Cylinder

Chill cylinder in the freezer.
At the bottom of your cocktail shaker muddle the blood orange juice, blood orange honey syrup and fresh ginger.
Fill the cocktail shaker with ice, add the Tequila and shake until ice cold.
Using the funnel, strain into your lab cylinder then float the Mezcal on top.
Garnish and serve.

Mix equal parts hot water and Honey Ridge Farms Honey Créme Blood Orange until blended.

* Interestingly enough the Penicillin itself is a variation of a bourbon cocktail called the Gold Rush which, in it's turn, is pretty much a dressed up Whiskey Sour. Which, I figure, makes my version a Halloween costumed Tequila Sour.

My lab partner, as usual, was Bailey the Cat:


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