When I saw the "Jacko's End" from Mayahuel in the NYC Tasting Table's Best Cocktails 2010 artice, I thought the combination of mezcal and Laird's 100 proof straight apple brandy was a really good idea.
When I tried it though, I thought the Benedictine was overpowering and looked for a variation to focus more on the combination of base spirits.
After some experimenting, I decided that giving the mezcal/apple brandy combo the "old fashioned" treatment was my favorite way to really experience these flavors.
I love ango, but it didn't work here. The Fee's Whiskey Barrel Aged really a nice spice and worked best for me.
If you have it, the elixir vegetal really works well here too. It's unique herbal qualities really add a nice complexity.
Nueva Jersey Cocktail
1 oz Del Maguey Mezcal
1 oz Laird's 100 proof bonded straight apple brandy
1-2 tsp blue agave syrup (depending on desired sweetnes)
1 dash Fee's Whiskey Bitters
1 dash Chartreuse Elixir Vegetal (option, but excellent)
1) In an old fashioned glass, combine the agave syrup and bitters.
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