Cocktail of the Week: Conquistadors

May 5, 2017

It’s Cinco de Mayo. The holiday celebrates a now infamous battle in Puebla back in 1862 between Mexico and France. It also has become something of a drinking holiday that looks to compete with St. Patrick’s Day. But if you are craving something besides cerveza and margaritas this year, what should you do? Look no further than this week’s Cocktail of the Week which features a Mexican spirit in the form of mezcal paired with something you might not have considered – Irish Whiskey.

Conquistadors CocktailThe Conquistadors Cocktail

Created by bar owner and bartender Lucinda Sterling who was inspired by the challenge of mixing uncommonly paired ingredients. “I rarely see mezcal matched with whiskey, but these two are strong enough to stand up to each other [like]…in a battle,” explains Sterling.

The Irish and Mexican pairing isn’t so far-fetched considering their joint history, something Sterling had in mind when creating the cocktail. The Saint Patrick’s Battallion, or “San Patricios,” was a unit of Irish and German immigrants who fought in the Mexican Army during the Mexican-American War.

The mezcal Sterling uses is the latest release from Mezcales de Leyenda. They use certified organic salmiana agaves hailing from San Luis Potosí. The flavor profile is herbal and contains notes of bell peppers and jalapenos, with slightly sweet mineral hues and a gentle smoke flavor.

Despite the bold-sounding ingredients, the cocktail itself is actually intended as a light, summer sipper. Whip one (or several) up for you and your guests as you celebrate the 5th of May this year.

Conquistadors CocktailThe Conquistadors Cocktail with a bottle of Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey


– 1 oz Mezcales de Leyenda San Luis Potosí
– 1 oz Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey
– .75 oz Perfect Puree Pear
– .5 oz allspice
– .75 oz fresh lemon
– orange bitters
– club soda

Add first the six ingredients to a shaker tin and shake with ice. Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with an orange wedge.

If you happen to be in the NYC area, head on over to Middle Branch in Murray Hill or Seaborne, a new cocktail bar in Red Hook, Brooklyn where you can have Sterling make one especially for you.

Ready to make your own Conquistadors cocktail?

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