The weather's finally starting to warm up here in da Nort'woods, and I've been feeling the need for an exotic summer cocktail; something a little sweet, a little tart, and very aromatic. Basically, I wanted a Mojito that didn't suck, so I whipped up the following drink, based around Pisco, a Peruvian grape brandy, and AGWA, an herbal liqueur made from Bolivian Coca leaves. The result was, if I may toot my own horn a bit, proof positive that I have a knack for concocting well-balanced tropical libations (having interesting ingredients to work with sure doesn't hurt).
By the way, Tezcatlipoca was the Aztec god of night, the North, temptation, sorcery, beauty and war. Seemed apropos somehow...
8 fresh mint leaves
1.5 oz. Peruvian Capel Pisco Reservado grape brandy
3/4 oz. AGWA de Bolivia Coca Leaf liqueur
1 oz. 10 Cane Rum
1/2 oz. Trader Vic's Passionfruit syrup
1 oz. Fresh-squeezed lime juice
1/8 tsp. Absinthe or Pernod
Dash of Fee Bros. Grapefruit Bitters
Muddle the mint leaves in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, then add all the other ingredients. Shake with 1 cup of crushed ice, then pour into a double Old-Fashioned glass and fill to the top with more crushed ice.