The Masonic cocktail is composed by Swedish super mega star Madeleine Solo Rapp @madeleinesolorapp residing at The Dead Rabbit bar in New York City. So despite the mezcal, sherry and amaro Montenegro in Madeleine's cocktail, incorporating a small Swedish flag in this shoot still felt very appropriate.
We adore cocktails like this one, sounding quite simple by just reading the recipe and seeing three ingredients. But then already on the first sip you realize the complexity of the cocktail, and how the three ingredients completely change character when mixed together.
Of course the lovely smokiness from the mezcal shines through, but it is delicately balanced by the sweetness of the amaro Montenegro and the dryness from the sherry. And that single dash of bitters binds everything together in such an awesome way that all we can do is capitulate and immediately stir up a second round.
1 oz mezcal
2/3 oz amontillado sherry
2/3 oz amaro Montenegro
1 dash Angostura bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a coupe. Garnish with a lemon zest (and a Swedish flag if you're in the mood).