Straight, sipping tequila is usually what’s on the menu at our house, but every once in a while I’m in the mood for a tequila-based cocktail – nothing too fruity, or blended, but a good old spirit-forward concoction. That’s when we are very fortunate to know Dustin Haarstad and Adam Stemmler of Blind Tiger Cocktail Company. These two really know the nuances of different tequilas and how to pair them perfectly with other cocktail ingredients to highlight the spirit in new and surprising ways.

While we were in San Diego for the Spirits of Mexico festival last month, we had the opportunity to meet up with Dustin and Adam at local agave spirits mecca Cantina Mayahuel. We had a great time catching up, talking shop and shooting some cocktail videos. The theme of the day was to take classic cocktail recipes and switch out the traditionally used spirit for tequila.

First up in the “Classic Cocktails with a Tequila Twist” series is Dustin’s “Remember Me, Mang“, where Casa Noble Añejo replaces bourbon or rye whiskey, and Wahaka mezcal replaces the traditional absinthe rinse. Watch how to make this super tasty drink here!

If you want to make it at home, here’s the recipe:

In a pint glass or shaker, add:

2 oz Casa Noble Anejo
½ oz Cherry Heering (a Danish cherry liqueur)
¾ oz sweet vermouth
Couple dashes of Angostura bitters

Then add ice and hand stir (don’t shake!)

Take your cocktail glass and pour enough mezcal to just coat the glass (we used Wahaka mezcal)

Strain the mixed ingredients into your cocktail glass and you’re done.
No garnish needed!