Recipe by: ROBERT SIMONSON, BROOKLYN (2019)
The Cameron’s Kick, a 1920s drink of uncertain origin, is one of my favorite unsung cocktails. Some crazy bartender decided that mixing Scotch, Irish whiskey, and orgeat might be a good idea, and I’m very grateful that they did. Knowing how well tequila and mezcal play together in many of the modern agave cocktails I enjoy, I thought perhaps they might perform well in this drink. Indeed, they did. The tequila steps in for the Irish whiskey and the smoky mezcal for the equally smoky Scotch. Sometimes the simplest ideas work best. It is named for a battle between the Mexican army and the French Foreign Legion in 1863.
- Cocktail Shaker
- 1 ounce tequila
- 1 ounce mezcal
- 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce orgeat
- Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe. (No garnish.)