The Friday Cocktail: 10K-O

Looking to stave off the chill of early winter? Try the 10K-O. This deeply smoky cocktail puts us in mind of a vision quest under a starry desert sky. (Drink a couple and you may have one, regardless of where you are.) Even if you don’t meet your spirit animal, at least you’ll feel ready to knock out any SEC requirement. For cooler heads, the 10K-O’s nonalcoholic mate provides a spicy ginger kick. 

Cocktail recipe:

  • 1½ oz Mezcal Vida*
  • ½ oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 oz fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
  • ½ oz honey syrup
  • shy ½ oz Luxardo maraschino liqueur*
  • Grapefruit peel

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a grapefruit peel.

Nonalcoholic recipe:

  • 1 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ oz simple syrup
  • Blenheim spicy ginger ale or Reed’s ginger beer
  • Lime wheel

Add lime juice and ¾ oz simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake for 10 seconds. Strain over fresh ice and top with ginger ale. Garnish with the lime wheel. 

Check out the rest of our recipes in the RoseRyan 20th Anniversary Cocktail Collection cocktail book. Every one of these drinks has its charms, thanks to the fine mixologists at the Bull Valley Roadhouse in Port Costa, California, who invented them.

*These ingredients are available at BevMo and specialty shops.

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