Where: Empellon
Neighborhood: East Village
Address: 105 1st Ave.
Website: empellon.com/cocina/
Bartender Says: "This cocktail was inspired by a technique that Eben Freeman of Tailor (at the time) came up with. He would smoke the syrup from boxes of Coca-Cola and create a beautifully smoky cocktail. For our cocktail, the rich smoked aspect of Mexican Coca-Cola (made with real sugar as opposed to cane syrup) creates a savory, maple syrup-like quality when reduced and smoked. It is a play on an Old Fashioned." —Mathew Resler, Beverage Director


2 oz. El Mayor Blanco
1 oz. smoked Mexican Coca-Cola
2 dashes of Regan's Orange Bitters
1 dash Black Walnut Bitters
Orange peel for garnish

Combine ingredients in a mixing vessel. Stir for 15 seconds and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with an orange peel expressed over the top of the cocktail. Run an orange peel around outside of the rim of the glass, give the orange peel a quick twist, and drop into the cocktail.