Eight States

Nathan McCarley-O'Neill, The NoMad | New York

“Pretty much every drink that we do will contain some form of vermouth or sherry, or a low ABV ingredient,” says Nathan McCarley-O’Neill, “It’s kind of like a calling card.” The Eight States contains three: equal parts blanc vermouth and Cocchi Americano, a measure of aloe vera liqueur and, to round things out, a hefty dose of mezcal. “I wanted to create something a bit lower in ABV, a little more approachable, but still similar to what a Negroni is, but more so like a white Negroni.”

Ingredients

Serving: 1

  • 3/4 ounce blanc vermouth, preferably Dolin
  • 3/4 ounce Cocchi Americano
  • 3/4 ounce mezcal, preferably Derrumbes San Luis Potosí
  • 1/4 ounce Chareau Aloe Liqueur

Garnish: cucumber ribbon, grapefruit twist

Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass over ice and stir until chilled.
  2. Strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube.
  3. Garnish with a cucumber ribbon lining the glass.
  4. Express a grapefruit twist over the drink and discard.
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