Guillotine

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Cocktail History

The Guillotine is a modern cocktail that was created in 2015 by Franky Marshall at Le Boudoir in New York City, New York. Called “an elegant kick in the face” by guests, the recipe is made with a simple stirred mixture of mezcal, Scotch, banana, and honey syrup that eventually became one of the bar’s bestsellers. Its name is also a nod to the establishment’s interior, which is famously fashioned after Marie Antoinette’s chambers.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Mezcal: This is a spirit made in Mexico with agave, sugar, and alcohol that is aged in an underground pit lined with wood. We used Ilegal Mezcal Joven because it was recommended by the drink’s creator. For a mocktail version of this drink, try MONDAY Zero Alcohol Mezcal in place of the mezcal.

Blended Scotch: This is a type of Scotch whisky that combines multiple single malt whiskies made with malted barley, yeast, and water. We used The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky because its smoky and sweet flavor works well in cocktails. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Escape Mocktails Green Label Single Malt Whiskey Non-Alcoholic Alternative in place of the whisky.

Banana Liqueur: This is a liqueur made with bananas, vanilla extract, sugar, and alcohol. We used Drillaud Banana Liqueur because it has a tangy and bright flavor. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Monin Premium Banana Syrup in place of the banana liqueur.

Honey Syrup: This is a sweetener made with honey and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s simple recipe.

Lemon Twist: This is the peel of a lemon that has been twisted into a corkscrew shape.

Bartending Tools

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following bar tools:

Jigger: This is used to measure and pour ingredients. We used the Japanese jigger from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Mixing Glass: This is used to hold the ingredients while they’re being stirred. We used the Viski 17 oz Cocktail Mixing Glass.

Bar Spoon: This is used to stir ingredients. We used the Barfly Stainless Steel Teardrop Bar Spoon.

Julep Strainer: This is used to strain out ice and solid ingredients after the cocktail is stirred. We used the A Bar Above Julep Strainer.

Peeler: This is used to remove the garnish peel from the citrus. We used the OXO Good Grips 2-Piece Peeler Set.

Tasting Notes

The Guillotine features the slight aromatic clash of bright lemon with deep mezcal before starting with the fairly dry combination of Scotch malt and banana lightened with honey, and the finish goes out with the aforementioned favors joined by the earthiness of mezcal.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: The is one strong cocktail, which makes sense given the name “Guillotine”! Although a little much for Kendall, its boozy mixture is one we both really enjoyed for its creativity and combination of earthy yet fruity flavors. 

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“For a cocktail with small quantities of four simple ingredients, the Guillotine packs a delicious dessert-style flavor. The flavor combination works well with one another simultaneously—the honey and Scotch, the mezcal and banana, and the banana and honey. While Scotch and mezcal might be the odd pairing here, the other ingredients blend them perfectly. I would absolutely drink this one again as a nightcap or an after-dinner apéritif.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐
“I usually don’t care for mezcal, Scotch, or banana in my cocktails, so I certainly didn’t think I’d like this recipe at all given those are its three main flavors. But I was surprised at just how wrong I was. When mixed with the honey syrup, the other three are mellowed out and create an almost sweet, dessert-style flavor, as Alex said. I’d give this one a try even if you’re skeptical. You might end up liking it more than you expected.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Mezcal + Tequila Cocktails: Mixed Drinks for the Golden Age of Agave by Robert Simonson.

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AuthorMezcal + Tequila Cocktails

Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

Ingredients
 1 oz Mezcal
 ¾ oz Blended Scotch
 ¼ oz Banana Liqueur
 1 Lemon Twist

Method
1

Add mezcal, Scotch, banana liqueur, honey syrup, and cubed ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a snifter over a clear ice cube.

4

Garnish with lemon twist.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 oz Mezcal
 ¾ oz Blended Scotch
 ¼ oz Banana Liqueur
 1 Lemon Twist

Directions

Method
1

Add mezcal, Scotch, banana liqueur, honey syrup, and cubed ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a snifter over a clear ice cube.

4

Garnish with lemon twist.

Guillotine

Make It a Mocktail: Use MONDAY Zero Alcohol Mezcal in place of the mezcal, Escape Mocktails Green Label Single Malt Whiskey Non-Alcoholic Alternative in place of the whisky, and Monin Premium Banana Syrup in place of the banana liqueur to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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More Mezcal Cocktails

If you like this mezcal-based cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Cocoa Smoke Cocktail Recipe

Cocoa Smoke: A mezcal cocktail made with white crème de cacao, ancho chile liqueur, chocolate bitters, and an orange twist

The Marriage of Maguey Cocktail Recipe

The Marriage of Maguey: A mezcal and tequila cocktail made with coffee chocolate liqueur, orange curaçao, and agave syrup

Old Grampian Cocktail Recipe

Old Grampian: A Scotch cocktail made with honey syrup, Angostura aromatic bitters, orange bitters, and an orange peel

Sforzando Cocktail Recipe

Sforzando: A rye and mezcal cocktail made with Bénédictine, xocolatl mole bitters, and an orange twist

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