Sierra Madre Sunrise Recipe

Sierra Madre Sunrise Recipe

A mezcal cocktail for all seasons. [Photograph: Elana Lepkowski]

This mezcal drink, made with bittersweet Aperol and fresh lemon, can go two ways: with Angostura bitters, it's spicy-earthy-cinnamony. Or try chocolate bitters, which play up the sweet and bitter orange flavors in the Aperol.

  • Yield:makes 1 cocktail
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:5 minutes


  • 1 ounce mezcal, such as Del Maguey Vida
  • 3/4 ounce Aperol
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 2 to 3 dashes of either Angostura or chocolate bitters, such as Scrappy’s
  • 3 ounces club soda
  • Lemon peel, for garnish


  1. 1.

    Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add mezcal, Aperol, lemon juice, and bitters. Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Fill a rocks glass with fresh ice. Add club soda to glass and strain cocktail on top. Garnish with lemon peel.