From the bartender’s corner – Toy Soldier
This has pineapple, cardamom, lime juice and mezcal. Inspired by the menu from Nashville’s bar Bastion as featured in the magazine Liquor.
I am yet to be super impressed by any mezcal cocktail. I think mezcal is best had by itself. In this drink the cardamom or pineapple effect is completely subsumed by the mezcal smokiness. Unlike a neutral alcohol like vodka, mezcal does not have too many other liquids (like juices) that can soften it down.
I will try next time with pineapple juice instead of crushed pineapple and see if it makes any difference.
The earthen vessel and the pineapple bits with lime slices made the drink look good though!