Schrodinger's Cat

[Photo: Nicci Silva]

Schrodinger's Cat was a thought-experiment postulating a simultaneous state of existence of non-existence. For some reason, this led me to pair Mezcal and Bourbon. You see, a cocktail is both perfect and undrinkable—until you actually taste it.

For the mezcal, I use Illegal Joven. For the bourbon, I use Maker's Mark.

Schrodinger's Cat

About This Recipe

Special equipment:muddler, cocktail shaker, cocktail strainer, mini fine-mesh strainer
This recipe appears in: From Behind the Bar: Bars, The Universe, and Everything


  • For the honey syrup
  • 1/2 cup Clover honey
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • For the cocktail:
  • 3 slices peach
  • Ice
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1/2 ounce honey syrup
  • 1/2 ounce mezcal
  • 1/2 ounce Lillet blanc
  • 1 1/2 ounces bourbon
  • Garnish: peach slice


  1. 1

    To make the honey syrup, stir hot water into honey until dissolved. Let cool. (Excess syrup can be stored, covered, in the refridgerator for several weeks.)

  2. 2

    Muddle peach slices in a cocktail shaker. Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add Angostura, honey syrup, lemon, mezcal, Lillet, and bourbon. Shake vigorously.

  3. 3

    Double-strain in to a cocktail glass. Garnish with peach slice.

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