We got back from DC yesterday.  Many new, exciting liquors were purchased.  Our apartment actually smelled good after two weeks of no living creatures, which makes me slightly worried about myself.  But the kimchi in the fridge didn’t explode, so we’ll count the whole thing as a net win.

Today, the two of us drank:

El Nacional (from the most recent Imbibe):

  • 1 oz mezcal (Los Danzantes Reposado)
  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1/2 oz dry vermouth (Dolin)
  • 1/2 oz Amaro Ramazzotti (sub Zwack)
  • 3 dashes chocolate bitters (Scrappy’s)
    Stir over ice, strain into cocktail glass, garnish with lemon twist and 3 drops Islay scotch (skipped that part).

Nice drink – the smokiness of the mezcal balances the Campari’s bitter/syrup notes better than tequila usually does (although I generally do like that combination).  The Campari and the Zwack both give candied orange peel notes to the drink, which set off the citrus in the mezcal.

Also, I had a bottle of Trout River Brewing Company’s Chocolate Oatmeal Stout.  It might be my favorite chocolate stout, and it bucks the current trend of making stouts a) taste like coffee and b) strong enough to kill a horse.  No overt artificial-y chocolate notes like Young’s.