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Drink This Weekend Edition: Discovering the drinks at Medianoche

March 9th 03:03pm, 2012

I love a good show. I’m all for giving a bartender a lighter and seeing the magic that flames can do to my drink. Such was the case the night I visited Medianoche, the new restaurant inside Mike Randolph’s brunch spot, Half & Half. I’d heard that the drinks were good at the Mexican-by-night spot in Clayton, and when I noticed “fire” listed as an ingredient for a cocktail, I got excited.

Last Evening on Earth is a mescal-based drink, but building it starts with over-proof rum and Angostura bitters poured into an atomizer. The contents are sprayed like a fine mist into a pint glass containing granulated sugar and macerated cherries, then quickly – and dramatically – set ablaze to caramelize the sugar. Next, add mescal, Cherry Heering liqueur and lemon juice to the glass, drop in some ice cubes, then shake and strain the cocktail into an antique punch glass. The final touch is a skewer of boozy house-made mescal-soaked cherries.

Act I is a visual stunner. Act II – how it tastes – is no less impressive. I love the choice of mescal for this drink. The Del Maguey Crema de Mezcal (mescal with agave syrup) adds layers of flavor: creamy almond, sweet orange – and, of course, the smokiness so associated with the spirit. No single flavor profile dominates the drink. Instead, Last Evening on Earth is fruity, tart, smoky and sweet – all at the same time. It is highly balanced. If I were macabre enough to keep a “last drink” list in my Moleskine, this cocktail would no doubt appear near the top.

While Last Evening on Earth is my beverage pick at Medianoche, there are quite a few other cocktails that call for fire. The Calypso Sour – a bitters-based sipper with ginger liqueur, citrus-sweet Lillet Blanc and tart lime juice – gets garnished with a fancy flamed skewered pineapple. Classics like a pisco sour and a Dark ‘n’ Stormy also undergo blazing action. Fire even makes its way into punches, available on weekends.

By Ligaya Figueras

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4 Responses to “Drink This Weekend Edition: Discovering the drinks at Medianoche”

  1. Marmalade Debs Says:
    March 9th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    This guy also sets fire to other local businesses. He’s a looney.

  2. Francisco Zurita Says:
    March 9th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Perhaps Mr. Ferguson would do the world a favor by focusing on his bar instead of lighting fires at other city bars. You know, since he is the douche who is lighting fires at bars.

  3. admin Says:
    March 9th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    This week’s Drink This Weekend Edition post was researched, written and published prior to any knowledge of allegations against the bartender cited in the first edition of the story.

  4. A different T.S. Ferguson Says:
    March 13th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Ugh, someone else with my name and a bad reputation. You think going by your initials will keep you from finding people with the same name as you…until Google Alerts sends you a reminder that no one is unique or original anymore.

    Sad to see this other T.S. Ferguson causing such a bad reputation for our shared name. I wonder if he’s the same T.S. Ferguson who writes religious thrillers with horrifyingly bad cover art.

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