At this point, we’ve received several hundred cocktail-related questions, comments, and recipe requests - and it’s a goal of ours to get to every one of them. Today, we’re addressing a few more, specifically those from Kim A. who wanted to know how to make an Appletini and Joseph P. who inquired about classic cocktails you can make with white rum. (Joseph, if you’re reading this, please make an El Presidente.) And, since people are always asking us about what we like to drink, we threw in a recipe for a Mezcal Last Word as well. It’s even better than the gin version.
Sure, the Appletini looks and tastes like a liquid Jolly Rancher. But if you follow our method, tone down the sugar, and use some fresh citrus, you’ll have a well-balanced cocktail that’s about as likable as Mr. Rogers or free money. The Appletini was invented by a bartender named Adam Karsten at a West Hollywood bar in the 1990s, but we’ve updated the recipe, because the ’90s weren’t exactly a Golden Age for cocktails.
Mezcal Last Word
The Last Word is a classic gin cocktail with two highly flavorful ingredients in maraschino and Green Chartreuse, and when you swap mezcal for the gin, the results are magical. If you enjoy yourself a good Mezcal Negroni, this is the next logical step for you.
Much like a Martini, The El Presidente is made up almost entirely of booze, it’s incredibly smooth, and it calls for dry vermouth. This cocktail was invented in Cuba in the early 20th century, and it remains one of the best and easiest things you can make with a bottle of rum.