When Kentucky, UConn, Butler and VCU battle it out this weekend for a shot at the NCAA Championship game, it's all going to come down to attitude. Don't believe us? Watch any basketball movie ever. The coach's down-and-out locker room speech is always about attitude—which is why our Well Wishing cocktail this week is brimming over with chutzpah.
A concoction from Anvil Bar & Refuge, The Brave combines mezcal, sotol, amaro, Curacao and bitters for an intensely aromatic experience. And since Anvil Bar & Refuge is located in Houston (home of the final game), the winning team can even stop in for a taste with their trophy (or the losing team can drown their sorrows, either way). —Phillip B. Crook
by Bobby Heugel at Anvil Bar & Refuge, Houston TX
1 ounce Del Maguey Chichicapa Mezcal
1 ounce Hacienda de Chihuahua Sotol Plata
1/2 ounce Averna Amaro
1 bar spoon Orange Curacao
3 mists Angostura Bitters
Flamed Orange Zest, garnish
How to mix it:
In a large Bordeaux-style wine glass without ice, combine the mezcal, sotol, averna and curacao. Swirl until mixed. Mist the Angostura bitters on top of the drink. Flame an orange zest and add to the glass.
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