The Destroyer is a complex, mysterious riff on the Manhattan template from master mixologist Joaquín Simó at Pouring Ribbons in New York City. Featuring tequila, Dubonnet (a red wine apéritif), and blood orange liqueur, it’s made even more interesting with the addition of spiced chocolate bitters.
In an unusual twist, the method of preparation involves stirring pieces of blood orange and lime peel along with the drink, straining them out as it’s served. This imparts a vibrancy from the oils in the citrus peels, but it’s important that your peel pieces have as little pith on them as possible in order to keep the drink from becoming too bitter.
- 1½ parts Aged tequila
- 1 part Red wine apéritif
- ¼ part Blood orange liqueur
- 1 dash Mole bitters
- 2 pieces Blood Orange peel
- 1 piece Lime peel
Stir all ingredients (including the peels) with ice, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist (preferably from a blood orange).
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- Destroyer Cocktail recipe at PUNCH