If a standard Negroni just isn’t hitting the spot anymore, if you need a funkier, smokier flavor to get you going, look no further than the Squeaky Wheel, a coffee-mezcal twist on the classic from Nicholas Bennett of Cedric’s at the Shed in New York City.
Mezcal and coffee liqueur bring a roasted, smoked flavor, enhanced by the spice of the bitters. Bennett calls for Angostura bitters, which are lovely – but we’ve also enjoyed it with spiced chocolate bitters. An unexpected splash of amaretto is the perfect bow on top, softening the edges just a touch.
- 1 part Mezcal
- 1 part Bitter orange apéritif
- ¾ part Coffee liqueur
- ¼ part Amaretto or Crème de noyaux
- 2 dashes Aromatic bitters or Mole bitters or Chocolate bitters
Stir all ingredients with ice until well-chilled. Strain into an ice-filled short glass. Express an orange twist over the drink and drop in as a garnish.
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- Squeaky Wheel Mezcal Negroni at Imbibe