Cocktail of the Week #8: The Eclipse Cocktail

Summer might be winding down for some of you, but that doesn’t mean you should forgo the lovely flavors of agave spirits just yet. Today I’ve got another PDT darling for you, The Eclipse Cocktail, that combines the smoky taste of mezcal, the spice of anejo tequila and the fruity notes of Aperol, Cherry Heering and good ol’ Lemon Juice. Recipe after the picture.

The recipe:

  • 2oz El Tesoro Anejo Tequila
  • .75oz Aperol
  • .75oz Cherry Heering
  • .75oz Lemon Juice
  • Rinse of Del Maguey Vida Mezcal
  • 1 Lemon Twist
  • Shake with ice and strain into a coupe class rinsed with Del Maguey Vida Mezcal. Garnish with the lemon twist.

In most cases, I think the PDT Cocktail Book nails their recipes but there’s something off about this one to me. Maybe my Anejo (Partida) isn’t strong enough or maybe I’m just sensitive to sweet flavors, but I find cutting back on the Cherry Herring and Lemon Juice to .5oz is much nicer.

Regardless of what ratio floats your boat, the interplay between sweet, soft spiciness and smoke is perfect for the end of summer.

This drink’s also a great introduction to Aperol, or as I like to call it — Campari’s Little Brother. Packed tight with watermelon, cherry and strawberry notes, Aperol is perfect for when you want just a touch of bitter in your cocktail without the full-on treatment Campari will give you.

Another nifty element of The Eclipse is its use of a rinse. You can achieve this by simply coating the interior of the glass or, you could go the lazy route (woohoo! laziness!) and get a small glass spray bottle. I love this approach because with a half dozen spray bottles, you’ve got insta-rinses of things like Mezcal, Absinthe, Islay Scotch, Creme de Violette and Chartreuse.

One thing to remember for this agave-based cocktail and all others like it, is to always use 100% agave tequila. It’s definitely more expensive, but these pure agave tequilas really kick the crap out of the sugar-packed “mixtos”. You’ll thank me for it later, trust me.

Enjoy our Cocktail of the Week posts? Check out the archives!


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