Sabueso Old Fashioned

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Cocktail History

The Sabueso Old Fashioned is a Sips From Scripts original variation of the Oaxaca Old Fashioned originally created by Death & Company. Alex dreamed it up specifically to use with the JACK Cocktail Syrups Caramel Coffee Syrup that was gifted to us, which was also the inspiration for this recipe’s name. “Sabueso” is Spanish for hound; we went with a Spanish name as a nod to the agave spirits we used, including tequila and mezcal.

Cocktail Ingredients

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

Tequila: This is one of the base spirits. It lends more agave flavor without as much smokiness as mezcal. We used Arette Reposado because it’s light and peppery and it’s affordable.

Mezcal: This is the other base spirit. We used Del Maguey Vida Mezcal because it offers aromas of tropical fruit, honey, and roasted agave as well as notes of ginger, cinnamon, and tangerine.

Caramel Coffee Syrup: This is a sweetener that adds caramel and mocha flavors. We used JACK Cocktail Syrups Caramel Coffee Syrup and highly recommend picking up a bottle for this recipe. And if that’s not enough to convince you, $1 for every bottle purchased from JACK Cocktail Syrups is donated to animal charities—a cause we’ll always support.

Coffee & Cocoa Bitters: These bring out more coffee and chocolate flavors. Our favorite is Crude Bitters “Big Bear” Coffee & Cocoa Bitters.

Orange Peel: This is the garnish. It adds a bit of orange aroma and flavor when dropped into the drink.

Tasting Notes

The Sabueso Old Fashioned features prevalent smoky and citrus aromas and a hit of the agave spirits in the first taste, followed by sweet caramel and dark coffee notes as it lingers in the mouth and the sting of mezcal plus the bitterness of coffee as you swallow.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Although a fairly simple beverage, wow, is the Sabueso Old Fashioned ever delicious—even to Kendall who doesn’t usually drink Old Fashioneds, mezcal, or coffee-flavored anything! The syrup adds a flavorful and sweet coffee backbone to it that’s brightened up immensely with just a drop of complementing bitters. The smokiness of the mezcal is also present in the swallow but fairly subdued elsewhere by the flavors of the syrup, making it a very pleasant drink that’s almost dessert-style in its profile.

Recipe

AuthorSips From ScriptsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 ¼ oz Tequila
 ¾ oz Mezcal
 1 drop Crude Bitters Coffee & Cocoa Bitters
 1 Orange Peel

Method
1

Add tequila, mezcal, caramel coffee syrup, coffee & cocoa bitters, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a lowball glass over clear ice.

4

Garnish with orange peel.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ¼ oz Tequila
 ¾ oz Mezcal
 1 drop Crude Bitters Coffee & Cocoa Bitters
 1 Orange Peel

Directions

Method
1

Add tequila, mezcal, caramel coffee syrup, coffee & cocoa bitters, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a lowball glass over clear ice.

4

Garnish with orange peel.

Sabueso Old Fashioned

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More Tequila Cocktails

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

Matador (Variation): A tequila cocktail made with Green Chartreuse, pineapple juice, lime juice, agave syrup, pineapple slice, and a lime wheel

Mexican Firing Squad: A pineapple jalapeño tequila cocktail made with lime juice, grenadine, Angostura aromatic bitters, and a lime wedge

Wild Rose: A tequila cocktail made with pineapple syrup, maraschino liqueur, Angostura aromatic bitters, dry sparkling wine, and an orange twist

Salted Sage Paloma: A tequila cocktail made with grapefruit juice, lime juice, salted sage syrup, soda water, and sage

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