Bittered Sling Instant Crush tequila cocktail

Even if you don't have anyone to lust after at the moment, you'll get all the feels from this tequila cocktail, crafted by Bittered Sling's Lauren Mote, and inspired by Mote's and co-proprietor Jonathan Chovancek's relationship in working on Bittered Sling. Jonathan developed the Moondog bitters after Mote, and in return, Mote developed a perfectly balanced cocktail after Chovancek's favourite flavours.

1 oz. Don Julio reposado tequila
1/2 oz. Alipus mezcal
1/2 oz. Fernet-Branca
1/2 oz. Okanagan Spirits blackcurrant liqueur
3/4 oz. Martini Blanco vermouth
2 dashes Bittered Sling Plum & Rootbeer Bitters
orange peel, for garnish

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass, add ice and stir until well chilled and diluted, about 15-20 seconds.

Using a julep strainer, pour over fresh ice in an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a long peel of orange, pinched into a heart-shape onto the top of the glass.