“Cointreau is one of the more versatile liqueurs [and] we use it with every spirit at Nightmoves,” says Orlando Franklin McCray, the bar director at Nightmoves in Brooklyn. “It works great in our draft cocktails.” At the bar, this Margarita twist is dispensed via forced carbonation, which can be replicated at home using a SodaStream or iSi charger. In this version, it’s shaken, served over ice and topped with soda water for a similar effect.
- 1 3/4 ounces mezcal
- 1 ounce Cointreau
- 1 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
- 1/2 ounce black-cocoa-and-orange syrup*
- 3 dashes mole bitters (such as Bittermens)
- Soda water, to top
- Garnish: lime wheel (dehydrated or fresh)
Add all ingredients except soda water into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
Top with soda water and stir gently to combine.
Garnish with a lime wheel.
*Black-cocoa-and-orange syrup: Add 1 cup demerara sugar and 1/2 cup water into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and add 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder and the peel from 1 large orange. Stir until cocoa powder is dissolved, and allow to steep until cool. Strain out solids. Will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to one week.