Five Bistro's Lock, Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels: Gut Check's Hump Day Cocktail Suggestion
|Evan C. Jones|
|Shooting, er...we mean pouring out the 2 Smoking Barrels.|
"The way I use it typically is instead of simple syrup," Mangan says. "It has some (herbal) spices to it but it's just as sweet. It went along with the rest of the ingredients. I used that and a little bit of agave instead of a simple syrup because it goes with the other flavors and doesn't hide it with sugar."
The drink's smoky nature is front and center in the cocktail. Lime juice slices through the smoke, and the subtle spice from the velvet falernum carries the back end. Nothing is overpowering in the drink. We could've had at least one more without blinking.