Courtesy Francis Verrall, head bartender, Mezzaluna Pasteria & Mozzarella Bar in Pacific Grove
This Negroni riff is a marriage of some of Verrall’s favorite flavors—smoke, bitterness, peppermint and coffee. It makes a perfect after-dinner tipple.
1 ounce mezcal (we use Ilegal Mezcal Joven)
1 ounce Campari
½ ounce Branca Menta
½ ounce Mr Black coffee liqueur
Add ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Stir until well chilled. Strain into a double old fashioned glass over a large rock. (We get our ice from Revolution Craft Ice in Santa Cruz.) Express an orange peel over the drink and discard. Garnish with a slice of dehydrated orange. Makes 1 drink.