I first had this cocktail at Drink in Boston (if you haven't been and are a cocktail lover- add it to your list) and it really left an impression on me. Mayahuel in New York developed it and pops up on mescal-focused cocktail menus around the country. I have to admit when I had it at Drink a few years ago, I wasn't really a mezcal fan. Many mezcal drinks later, I can see that this cocktail was a turning point for me. With bright, citrusy, smokey, and tangy notes, this beverage is delicious.
1 ounce mezcal
3/4 ounce Aperol (bitter orange Italian aperitif)
1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1 grapefruit twist, preferably spiral-cut, for garnish
Fill your cocktail shaker with ice and add all of the ingredients except the garnish and shake well. Strain into a glass and garnish! For a lighter version of this cocktail, add 1/2 cup of tonic water to make it a fun spritzer.