Balthazar Cocktail

I’ve been making this cocktail for a while when cocktail geeky or bartender type people ask me for a Mezcal, Tequila, or Agave “Dealer’s Choice Cocktail”.  It’s just kind of fun to mess with people and not make a shaken citrus or fruit based cocktail.  For obvious reasons, I usually just call it a “Death and Company” or “Phil Ward” style cocktail.  However, checking with one of the bartenders at Death and Co, it turns out it isn’t actually a Death and Company cocktail.  Damn.  That meant I had to think of a name.

A guest the other night quite enjoyed it and suggested calling it the “Balthazar Cocktail”.  Odd.  The Donkey or the Getty?  The Burro or the Ass?  I didn’t ask, so I leave it up to you to make the call.

Balthazar Cocktail
1 1/2 oz El Tesoro platinum tequila
1/4 oz Benesin Mezcal
1/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse Liqueur
3/4 oz Dolin Blanc Vermouth
dash orange bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.  Squeeze orange peel over glass and discard.

4 thoughts on “Balthazar Cocktail

  1. I am always looking to try interesting cocktails made with tequila or mezcal. I just might have to stop by sometime soon and have you mix one up for me. Thanks for the post. I’m intrigued.

  2. Erik man that sounds delicious. Two quick questions
    1) Do you think the El Tosoro is necessary or say would a blanco Patrida or Patron be okay?
    2) Also when looking at the recipe slowly the first thing I wondered was how the Bittermen’s grapefruit would play into the mix, for me it does wonders to silver tequilas. When I make margaritas now I like to add a few grapefruit twists and dashes of the grapefruit bitters. People love the faint recognition of the fruit. But honestly after subscribing and reading every post on this blog I usually defer to you my good man

  3. Max,
    Regarding brands of tequila, just whatever you have handy and what you like. As long as it is 100% Blue Agave! The El Tesoro and Herradura are what I’ve been making it with. Personally, I like to stick with blanco tequilas for most things. As far as grapefruit, I went back and forth on the twist, trying both grapefruit and orange. Ended up liking the orange twist/orange bitters combo. Didn’t have bittermen’s grapefruit bitters when I was working on the recipe, but that sounds like a nice variation.

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