Earlier I heard a sound I hadn't heard in months, a bird singing. My ears perked up. It was a pleasant song and it was a reminder that spring is near.
I'm looking forward to spring. Spring is the only season that I haven't experienced in Maine. Before moving here in October, I'd only visited in the summer, fall and winter. And while I have been warned that spring is mud season, which is then followed by black fly season, I'm looking forward to seeing the rebirth of nature in my new home state.
As a way to celebrate the coming of spring, I created this smokey and floral cocktail that features Del Maguey Vida mezcal and Tempus Fugit's Liqueur de Violettes. Now call me odd, but there's something alluring about the way the smokiness of the mezcal works with the delicate violet perfume of the Liqueur de Violettes. Crème de Violette is an essential component of an Aviation (pictured below), which is a pre-Prohibition era cocktail that features London dry gin, Maraschino cherry liqueur, Crème de Violette and lemon.
And while I enjoy an Aviation, I wanted something with a bit more edge to it, but still slightly delicate to celebrate the coming of spring. Hence my coming up with a cocktail that features mezcal to provide that campfire smoke backbone that I love. I used a standard whiskey sour recipe as my starting point. I replaced bourbon with mezcal, swapped lime for lemon, subbed agave syrup for simple syrup, added a touch of the Liqueur de Violettes and completed it with a dash of lavender bitters. Recipe below.
- 1.5 oz mezcal (I recommend Del Maguey Vida)
- .75 oz Tempus Fugit's Liqueur de Violettes (Or any other Creme de Violette)
- .75 oz fresh lime juice
- .25 oz agave syrup
- 1 egg white
- 1 dash of lavender bitters (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker without ice and dry shake for 30 seconds to help whip up the egg white. After 30 seconds, add ice and shake until properly cold and diluted. Double strain into an old fashioned glass with fresh ice. Enjoy.