Bonfire Kiss

Smoky, sweet, and just a little bit indulgent.


  • Served in old fashioned
  • 31% ABV
  • Garnish with cinnamon stick


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Mezcal 4.5cl 1.5oz
Créme liqueur 4.5cl 1.5oz
Sherry 3.0cl 1.0oz
Apple bitters Five dashes
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  1. Combine mezcal, sherry and créme de cacao in a mixing glass with ice and stir.
  2. Strain into a chilled double Old Fashioned glass over one large cube of ice.
  3. Top with five dashes of apple bitters.
  4. Garnish with a cinnamon stick that has been split in half lengthwise.


In Atlanta, Kellie Thorn of Empire State South gets whimsical with her take on the “something smoky” request: the Bonfire Kiss, a mix of mezcal, sherry and crème de cacao topped with apple bitters and garnished with a cinnamon stick, which is intended to resemble a wintertime log on the fireplace.

The cocktail is best made with a mezcal—specifically Del Maguey’s Vida—which, according to Thorn, offers some fruitiness. “It already has great fruit notes that plays well with the liquor and bitters,” she explains, adding that the sherry’s perceivable acidity balances out the drink’s sweetness. “There is something familiar and nostalgic about these flavors coming together,” she says. “[It] reminds me of being at a fair with your loved one on a cold night, eating caramel apples.”

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