The Erstwhile Pilar is a spirit-forward cocktail in the Negroni model. Whereas the traditional Negroni uses gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari, we substitute respectively with Erstwhile Espadin, Cocchi Americano, and Cappelletti. We also play with the proportions, upping the mezcal to take advantage of the complex and smoky flavor of our iconic Erstwhile Espadin, while bringing down the sweet (Cocchi Americano) and bitter (Cappelletti) elements.
This cocktail needs to be stirred, not shaken, to prevent excess oxidization of the liquors and over-meltage. The resultant cocktail is a masterpiece of balance requiring no further garnish. Beware, it is deceptively easy drinking!