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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.

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At Edible Monterey Bay, our mission is to celebrate the local food cultures of Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties, season by season.