Tobacco Road

Tobacco Road
  • Yield:Makes 1 cocktail
  • Active time:2 minutes
  • Total time:2 minutes
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5 Cocktail Recipes That Will Help You Love Mezcal

[Photograph: Nick Caruana]

Pairing smoky mezcal with briny sherry and vegetal Cynar makes for one tasty drink with a great tobacco-laced scent. A pinch of salt and a grapefruit twist help bring out the flavors.

Note: Use aged mezcal for this drink: the result will be smoother and more full of flavor.

About the author: Nick Caruana is the author of The Straight Up, where he shares his love of classic and modern cocktails, including a slight obsession with whiskey, bitters and amari. Stalk him on Twitter @The_Straight_Up, Facebook, and other social media outlets.


  • 1 1/2 ounces reposado or anejo mezcal
  • 1 1/4 ounces Cynar
  • 1/2 ounce Fino Sherry
  • 2 dashes Peychaud's bitters
  • Garnish: Grapefruit twist
  • Pinch of salt


  1. 1.

    Add the mezcal, Cynar, sherry and bitters to a rocks glass. Then add a large cube of ice.

  2. 2.

    Give a gentle stir (about 5 seconds), then garnish with a grapefruit twist, drop a pinch of salt on top of the ice and serve.

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