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The Cartel

What it takes to break the rules

This is a pretty little jewel of a cocktail.

As Lars Fahrner from Salon 39 puts it; rule no.1 of creativity is to know all the rules and rule no.2 is to break them. In this case it’s a matter of knowing how to produce limoncello and then messing around with it by substituting the fruit and adding mezcal rather than a traditional neutral spirit.

The Cartel - mezcal cocktail from Slaon 39 - one of the best cocktail bars in Copenhagen40 ml Carpano bianco
40 ml mezcal limoncello*

Stirred with ice, strained into a cocktail glass, and garnished with a lemon zest.

* The ingredients are different, but the proces is the same as with the classic, Italian limoncello: The zest of 10 blood oranges, 300 ml of 1:1 simple syrup, 100 ml blood orange juice and 700 ml of Koch Mezcal. Mix and let it sit for a month in the fridge. Filter through a coffee filter.

This clear crisp stirred beauty is loaded with the distinct aroma of agave. It’s rather sweet which works thanks to the dry peatiness of the mezcal.

This is simplicity which has gone through an elaborate process. Luckily you don’t have to to go through the process of making the mezcal limoncello yourself as it’s waiting for you ready made at Salon 39.

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Thomas Klem Andersen
I believe that true mastery eventually leads to original creation given the right conditions. I love creative cocktails that push the limits of flavor pairing. But I can't deny I have a personal preference for whisky and love everything that is clear and stirred.