Mum's the Word

Shannon Ponche describes Mum’s the Word as “floral and indulgent but easy-drinking.” The herbal liqueur Bénédictine gives the cocktail a lovely honey flavor. Slideshow: More Mezcal Cocktail RecipesRecipe from Food & Wine Cocktails 2015 

Total Time:
5 mins


  • 1/4 ounce absinthe

  • 1 1/2 ounces French blanc vermouth, such as Dolin

  • 3/4 ounce Suze (bittersweet gentian aperitif)

  • 1/2 ounce Bénédictine (spiced herbal liqueur)

  • 1/2 ounce mezcal

  • 2 dashes of orange bitters

  • Ice

  • 1 lemon twist


  1. Rinse a chilled coupe with the absinthe; pour out the excess. In a mixing glass, combine the vermouth, Suze, Bénédictine, mezcal and bitters. Fill the glass with ice, stir well and strain into the prepared coupe. Pinch the lemon twist over the drink and discard.

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