The McQueen Recipe

Alice Gao

McCarthy affectionately refers to this one as the "Smoky Smoky," although by my count, you could tack on a few more iterations—smoky smoky smoky?

Scotch and Fidencio mezcal blend with dark agave and orange and chocolate bitters, with a spritz of hyper-smoky Ardbeg 10-year, plus a mighty twist of flamed grapefruit. "I wanted take these two amazing terroir-driven spirits and make them work together. Not just, like, kill you." The powerful aroma of burnt grapefruit oils hit you on the nose, but the cocktail is smooth and plenty drinkable, various smoky elements blending rather than overwhelming.

Note: Dark agave syrup is dark agave cut with equal parts hot water, making it easier to work with and mix. For orange bitters, McCarthy uses a combination of Regan's orange bitters #6 ("for depth and body") and West Indian Orange Bitters ("fresh, blossom-y").

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Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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  • 1 ounce Fidencio Mezcal

  • 1 ounce Glenrothes Select Scotch

  • 1/2 ounce dark agave syrup (see note)

  • 1 dash orange bitters (see note)

  • 1 dash Mexican chocolate bitters

  • Ardbeg 10yr, to mist

  • Grapefruit twist


  1. Stir mezcal, Scotch, dark agave, and bitters in a mixing glass with ice. Let sit for a minute or so to let ice start to melt. Mist coupe glass with Ardbeg 10yr. (If you don't have an atomizer, pour a small amount in bottom of coupe glass and swirl vigorously until it lines the glass and liquid flies out.) Strain cocktail into misted coupe. Squeeze grapefruit twist and briefly flame.

Special equipment

coupe, atomizer

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
187 Calories
0g Fat
12g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 187
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 5mg 26%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 6mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)