Nero's Requiem (Bolero de Nero)

1 oz Campari
1 oz Dry vermouth
1 oz Lime juice
34 oz Serrano syrup
2 oz Ale, Rogue Chipotle Ale
1 ds Hot sauce
Instructions
Shake, strain, add chipotle ale to taste (anything from 2 oz to most of a bottle), float orange slice or lime wedge.
Notes
Serrano syrup: 1 cup water | 1 cup sugar | 1 sliced serrano pepper, heated, cooled, strained.
History
Rome with a View gets the Michelada treatment; someone fiddles.
Similar cocktails
  • Bermuda Black — Stout, Añejo rum, Light rum, Lime juice, Simple syrup, Ginger juice
  • Grey Anchor — Hophead Vodka, Elderflower liqueur, Maraschino Liqueur, Door County Hop Bitters, Lime juice, Lime peel
  • The Urban Prairie — Ale, Gin, Orange liqueur, Peach puree, Lemon juice, Simple syrup
  • Booster Gold — India Pale Ale, Apple brandy, Pimm's No. 1 Cup, Grapefruit bitters, Lime juice, Orgeat, Grapefruit peel
  • Harvey Weissbanger — Weissbier, Vodka, Dry vermouth, Galliano, Bitters, Egg white, Orange juice, Clove Syrup, Lemon juice, Orange peel
  • The Gringo (From Portland) — Pale Ale, Blanco tequila, Elderflower liqueur, Grapefruit juice, Grapefruit peel
  • Hooker Cocktail — Bourbon, Beer, Averna, Scotch, Bitters, Chocolate bitters, Orange juice, Simple syrup
  • Two Trick Pony — Beer, White whiskey, Bourbon, Bitters, Lemon juice, Orgeat, Demerara syrup, Orange peel
  • Suze-E-Q — Beer, Suze, Amaretto, Lemon juice, Orange juice
  • Mai-Tai Mash-Up — India Pale Ale, Rye, Scotch, Orange liqueur, Lemon juice, Orgeat

5 Comments

bza's picture

This sounds great. I made a

This sounds great. I made a green ghost with a muddled serrano a few months ago, it was excellent.

DrunkLab's picture

Chartreuse and serrano? Woah.

Chartreuse and serrano? Woah. I can't even picture how that works. Which means I've got to try it.

Serrano syrup is cool in that you get some of the heat with a lot of the earthy flavor of the pepper, much like how the Rogue Chipotle Ale is only slightly hot but very redolent of chipotle peppers. It's an advantage, in some drinks, over the sharp heat of muddling hot peppers fresh. Not that I don't crave that sometimes.

bza's picture

Yeah, I wanted the vegetal

Yeah, I wanted the vegetal heat of the raw pepper, figuring if the Lawn Dart works with green bell pepper then it would would with hot peppers. I made two drinks with one serrano, and it was definitely spicy but not a challenge.

I also used Malacca figuring that the fruitiness would balance out the heat, which it did nicely, so it might be worth using a fruitier gin, maybe even Hayman's if you don't have the Malacca (which as an aside is generally a pain to mix with, as it is just SO fruity). But if you use serrano syrup an English dry might be better.

DrunkLab's picture

Re: Malacca: really? I've

Re: Malacca: really? I've been eyeing it for a while, partly because I keep reading reviews that describe it as being very mixable. I'll have to try it at a bar before purchasing to be on the safe side...

And I somehow forgot about the Chartreuse + green pepper combo in the Lawn Dart despite really liking that drink.

bza's picture

I actually have ended up

I actually have ended up liking it a lot, but knowing that it was originally used as a replacement for old tom I expected it to be good in drinks like the Martinez, in which it is really overpowering imo. Which means I really only use it as a new ingredient rather than attempting to sub out other gins in recipes. I often make drinks that go 50/50 with another spirit when using it, especially stuff with funk and/or backbone like agricole or mezcal.

I don't think I've come across many recipes with it online, but I'm not sure if that's just because of its limited nature.