½ Crème de Violette
skinny ¼ oz Amaro Meletti
2 oz mezcal (we use Del Maguey Vida)
dash Angostura bitters
optional: 5 drops Smoke Gets in Your Bitters
Combine first four ingredients. Add ice and stir. Strain into coupe. Express orange zest over the drink and add 5 drops Smoke Gets in Your Bitters.
If you haven’t heard the extended album version of Crimson & Clover by Tommy James and the Shondells (or if you haven’t heard it in a while)—Oh man—this tune is IT.
Says James: “The title came to me as I woke up one morning... those two words came to me, but they really didn’t mean anything. They just sounded very poetic and very profound, and [drummer] Peter Lucia and I then wrote the song around that title. The funny thing is, when you start with a title you always have a couple of different choices, and you have to find the sweet spot where the song wants to be. A title has a kind of logic to it, and if you listen, the song will eventually tell you what it wants to be.”
The original Manhattan was created in New York in the late 1800s, consisting of whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. We flipped this one around a bit, incorporating mezcal, amaro, and floral liqueur.
Crimson and Clover is mysterious— a brooding stranger on a lush and balmy night, smelling of stale cigarettes and night blooms. The chords of flavor descend slowly like clothes hitting the floor. Drink while feeling mildly shady at the end of a long, hot night.
“I don’t hardly know her but I think I could love her” —Tommy James
GRIMOIRE: Cure your ills with...
LAPSANG SOUCHONG // Camellia Sinensis
Lapsang Souchong is a Chinese black tea indigenous to the Wuye mountains that has been smoked over pine wood fires. It strengthens the immune system, is high in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties which, fortuitously, helps a hangover.