The dragon's heart cocktail is nothing short of interesting. With its combination of rum, mezcal, and blood orange, there's a lot going on inside the glass. It doesn't stop there, though, because you'll also add the sweet taste of elderflower, the tartness of lime, and a good dose of bitters to bring it all together.
The dragon's heart cocktail was created by New York City mixologist Ektoras Binikos for Ron Abuelo Rum. The occasion was the date 12/12/12, a supposedly extra-lucky day because 2012 fell in the lunar Year of the Dragon. To celebrate, Ron Abuelo had 12 mixologists create 12 cocktails using their 12-year-old rum. This one happens to be a wonderful drink for the winter months when blood oranges are in season.
Gather the ingredients.
Fill the shaker with ice, and add the rum, mezcal, ginger liqueur, and blood orange juice.
Garnish with 2 drops of Angostura Bitters and a blood orange slice.
Serve and enjoy!
- Elderflower cordial is a bit like lemonade flavored with the sweet taste of elderflowers. It's a popular homemade ingredient for those lucky enough to be able to forage for the wildflowers. You can also find it or elderflower syrup (much sweeter) from a number of online or specialty stores.
- If you do not have or cannot find an elderflower cordial, St. Germain Liqueur is a fine substitute and a bottle that is very handy to have in the bar anyway.
- One suggested variation on this recipe replaces the elderflower cordial with a mint citrus syrup. It creates a completely different flavor but is also quite interesting. You likely won't find this particular flavor at stores, so will have to make it yourself. Luckily, the recipe for mint citrus syrup is very easy and should be ready to use in just over an hour.
- Mezcal will add a smokiness to this cocktail. If you prefer, pour tequila instead. You won't miss much because there's already a lot of flavor.