The Departed

If you enjoy a negroni, give this a try...
1 oz Campari
1 oz Rum, El Dorado 12
34 oz Averna
12 oz Mezcal, Del Maguey (a very smoky Mezcal works best, I use emmascarado 45.)
1 twst Orange peel
2 ds Peychaud's Bitters
Instructions
Stir. strain into double old fashioned over 1 large cube. zest orange swath.
From other users
  • Play with the rum. Tried Appleton. — ☆☆☆☆
  • Made with Pyrat XO and Vida. A kind of tobacco-ey Negroni. Grew on me, as happens with mezcal. — ☆☆☆☆
  • Strong rum notes. Very interesting and different. Maybe more orange zest could be good. — ☆☆☆☆
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3 Comments

Love it. Used Santa Teresa

Love it. Used Santa Teresa for the rum and Ramazzotti for amaro. Just what I had on hand. And that's saying something because I'm not a huge Campari fan. For my girlfriend I call this drink "Love to hate or hate to love?" because she loves Campari and amari in general but despises mezcal more than any other alcohol.

Like many drinkers, I'm not

Like many drinkers, I'm not terribly fond of heavily peated drinks, but "The Departed," I found to be within my level of tolerance for peated drinks. As a result, this drink more than tolerable, but actually enjoyable. The Campari was able to assert itself over the Mezcal, and the El Dorado 15 (which I used), provided some appreciable sweetness, and the orange zest gave a nice, contrasting flavor to the drink (in hindsight, I wish I had added more orange zest than I did).

Overall, I found this drink to have many flavors that worked together to provide the drinker with a memorable drink, which I rated at 4.0. In short, "The Departed" should have a long life, and give a lot of pleasure to those who enjoy a better than average drink.

Substituted wildly: Contralto

Substituted wildly: Contralto Bitter, Pyrat XO, Foro amaro, Vida, Peychaud's and a dash of Regans' Orange. Interesting patten. Needs more experimentation.

Round two, as written, but with El Dorado 15. Very nice, but dramatically improved with 1/2 oz dry vermouth. I used Dolin.