Snake Eyes Cocktail

The Snake Eyes Cocktail captures the essence of artisanal Mezcal, highlighting its unique and deep nuances. This cocktail is a delight for the palate and a celebration of the art and tradition behind every bottle of Del Maguey Mezcal. In this article, you’ll learn about the ingredients, the preparation process, and the variations of this cocktail, all while discovering why Del Maguey is the best choice for your Snake Eyes Cocktail.

Ingredients for a perfect Snake Eyes Cocktail

  • 2 oz Del Maguey Mezcal
  • 1 oz dry vermouth
  • 1 oz maraschino liqueur
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Lemon twist for garnish

Step-by-Step Cocktail Preparation

  1. Prepare the Ingredients: Ensure all ingredients are ready and measured. Fresh lemon juice is crucial for flavor balance.
  2. Chill the Shaker: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice to chill it. This helps maintain the ideal temperature for the cocktail.
  3. Mix the Ingredients: Add the Mezcal, dry vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and fresh lemon juice to the shaker.
  4. Shake: Shake vigorously for about 15-20 seconds. This not only mixes the ingredients but also chills the cocktail evenly.
  5. Serve: Strain the mixture into a pre-chilled cocktail glass.
  6. Garnish: Add a lemon twist for a touch of freshness and a citrus aroma.

Snake Eyes Cocktail Variations

Spicy Snake Eyes

Add a slice of jalapeño to the shaker for a spicy kick. This variation introduces a fiery element that complements the smoky undertones of the Mezcal, adding an extra layer of excitement to your cocktail experience.

Smoky Snake Eyes

Substitute the dry vermouth with sweet vermouth for a deeper, smoky flavor profile. The sweetness of the vermouth enhances the natural smokiness of the Mezcal, creating a richer and more complex cocktail that’s perfect for sipping slowly.

Tropical Snake Eyes

Incorporate 1/2 oz of pineapple juice for a sweeter, exotic variation. The pineapple juice adds a tropical sweetness that balances the earthy and smoky flavors of the Mezcal, making this variation a refreshing choice for those who enjoy a touch of fruitiness in their drinks.

Choosing the Best Mezcal for the Cocktail

Hand holding a Del Maguey Mezcal Vida Puebla bottle

For the Snake Eyes Cocktail, it’s essential to select a Mezcal that complements and enhances the other ingredients without overpowering them. Del Maguey offers a range of artisanal Mezcals perfect for this task. I recommend using Del Maguey Vida Puebla, which provides a balanced profile with notes of tropical fruit, spices, and a hint of smoke.

History of the Name, Cocktail, and Fun Facts

The name “Snake Eyes” refers to the roll of two ones in dice, symbolizing luck and risk. This cocktail was born from the combination of bold and daring flavors, reflecting the same excitement felt when rolling the dice. Additionally, Mezcal, known as “the elixir of the gods,” brings a rich historical and cultural heritage to every sip.

Combining the Liquors in the Cocktail

The combination of Mezcal, dry vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and lemon juice creates a symphony of flavors. The Mezcal brings its distinctive smoky and earthy notes, while the dry vermouth adds a herbal touch. The maraschino liqueur introduces a subtle sweetness, and the lemon juice provides the necessary acidity to balance the cocktail.

Celebrate Mezcal with Snake Eyes Cocktail

The Snake Eyes Cocktail is a celebration of artisanal Mezcal and the complex flavors it can offer. By choosing Del Maguey, you are not only opting for a quality beverage but also supporting traditional and sustainable practices. Experiment with different expressions of Del Maguey to find your perfect version of this cocktail, and enjoy a sensory journey that will transport you to the very roots of Oaxaca.