The Way Back’s “Something Smoky”

Chad Michael George, The Way Back | Denver

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“A smoky drink is a pretty common request these days,” says Chad Michael George, formerly of Williams & Graham and now heading up Denver’s forthcoming The Way Back. This highball is a “more laid-back” response that sees mezcal’s bite softened with agave and blackberry liqueur, then topped with a splash of dry cider for a little lift.

Ingredients

Serving: 1

  • 1 1/2 ounces mezcal, preferably Alipus Santa Ana Del Rio
  • 1 1/2 ounces mezcal, preferably Alipus Santa Ana Del Rio
  • 1/4 ounce Leopold Bros Blackberry Liqueur
  • 1/4 ounce Leopold Bros Blackberry Liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce agave syrup
  • 1/2 ounce agave syrup
  • dry cider, to top
  • dry cider, to top

Garnish: lime wheel

Directions
  1. Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass and stir with ice.
  2. Strain into a collins glass filled with ice.
  3. Top with dry cider and garnish with a lime wheel.