Blood Ritual mezcal – agave – chocolate bitters – angostura – grapefruit – $50

Blood Ritual: Mezcal Chocolate Old Fashioned // stirandstrain.comWhoa. Yeah, I know. It’s not Halloween anymore so what’s up with the “blood” in the title? Well, I’ll start the story at the beginning here by asking a simple question: Who Are You?

Blood Ritual: Mezcal Chocolate Old Fashioned // stirandstrain.comYears ago when I first started writing in the small space on the internet known as cocktail blogging, I feel like I had a pretty good grasp on who else was also writing in this space. And folks, this was pre-Instagram days, you had to sometimes do a little leg work to find the other folks. I also had a good grasp on who my readers were. Mainly because people talked a whole lot more on blogs than they do now. But this wasn’t my full time gig, I was creative directing for a living for a company here in Los Angeles and this site was just a fun hobby that I popped in and out of. What that meant was that I also wasn’t super consistent and would disappear for months at a time. Readers came and went and then social media got super crazy and this little space expanded SO much and SO rapidly that it no longer felt so intimate and cozy.

Blood Ritual: Mezcal Chocolate Old Fashioned // stirandstrain.comLately then, when I do speak on here, it’s kinda just like yelling down a deep, dark well. And that’s no fun. I’m writing this for anyone who reads this site, and I’d like us to get to know each other just a little bit. So if you ever wanted to know a few tidbits about me, here you go:

  • I have zero formal training as a bartender
  • I have a fine arts background including photography
  • I have a degree in Art History that concentrated on Mesoamerican Art History (which is how I know about blood rituals and chocolate and how they all tie in together and that’s how this particular mezcal Old Fashioned got its name)
  • I have two kids that did not exist when I started writing about cocktails
  • I get motion sickness scrolling on my phone sometimes
  • I’m terrified of moths (and Ray Liotta and that’s still on my about me page which I should probably update)
  • I used to DJ all vinyl 45s of girl group and girl garage bands based from the late 50s to the early 70s here in Los Angeles for years before taking a break in 2014
  • I’m a morning person
  • Heat Wave by NARS is my favorite lipstick
  • I have ~75 bottles of bitters I will never use
  • I wanted to be a race car driver when I was 8
  • I had a blog in the early 2000’s about live music shows in Los Angeles. It’s still out there on the internet!

Blood Ritual: Mezcal Chocolate Old Fashioned // stirandstrain.comOk, now you!!! I’ve got a super short survey for you all. You don’t even have to answer all the questions if you want! And to make it worth your while, everyone who responds and leaves an email will get the chance to win a $50 e-gift card to Cocktail Kingdom. I like my readers. And I know some of you like pretty cocktail accessories too.

Blood Ritual: Mezcal Chocolate Old Fashioned // stirandstrain.comAlso! Old Fashioned Week is almost over so I thought I’d squeeze this recipe in before it’s too late. It’s rich and smoky and the chocolate comes through nicely. Don’t forget to express a little grapefruit oil with that garnish. It works best with that touch of bitter citrus.

Blood Ritual (A Chocolate Mezcal Old Fashioned)

2 ounces mezcal, use something more on the smokier side here
1/4 ounce agave syrup
3 drops chocolate bitters
1 drop Angostura bitters
grapefruit peel

In a mixing glass 2/3 with ice, stir together the mezcal, agave and both bitters. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Express the oil from the grapefruit peel over the drink and drop in the peel.