Some days are better than others. Some days are truly awful. Some of those awful days turn into awful weeks. Sometimes all the bad things in your life seem to pile upon themselves to create a sort of monstrosity of despondency and devastation that looms over you in the darkness of the night and light of day.
Okay, maybe I’m being a little dramatic, but lately, I’ve been in a bit of a rut. The old saying is true: when it rains, it pours. In times like these, it’s important to focus on the things that are important to you and the things you love. That is how this drink came into being.
I made this drink because I needed something spicy. A kick in the ass you might say, or maybe just something to warm me up a bit. Either way, it’s a drink I’m proud of. It is nice to feel good about something when life isn’t going quite as well as you would like.
1 oz Del Maguey Vida Mezcal
0.5 oz Ancho Reyes Chili Liqueur
0.5 oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
0.5 oz Liber & Co. Spicy Ginger Syrup
0.5 oz Lime Juice
0.25 oz Orange Juice
1 Dash Angostura Bitters
Combine all ingredients in a shaker, add ice and shake. Strain over ice into chilled Collins glass. Garnish with an Angostura candied orange slice.
To make the angostura candied orange slice:
Cut orange into wheels, then in half. Top with a healthy amount of sugar (top layer should be dry.) Put two dashes of Angostura Bitters in a bar spoon. Gently float the bitters on top of the sugar until it is saturated. Take a blow torch and heat the sugar until it is browned sufficiently. You should start to smell the sugar and the orange burn. Let cool before garnishing.
Cheers to better times.