The Story Behind The Southpaw

If you’re in the market for a new favorite cocktail to sip fireside this season, look no further than the Southpaw, developed by Sami Katrib of Mercy Me at Yours Truly in Washington, D.C. A smoky delight, the Southpaw features a mezcal reposado base and two types of sherry, which provide a unique blend of dried fruit notes to complement the spirit’s classic profile. The cocktail is rounded out with the addition of Cherry Heering, allspice dram, and just a spoonful of Cynar.


  • 2 ounces Ilegal Mezcal Reposado
  • ¼ ounce Alvear Fino Sherry
  • ¼ ounce Alvear Px Sherry 1927
  • ¼ ounce Cherry Heering
  • ¼ ounce allspice dram
  • Bar spoon Cynar
  • Orange peel
  • Garnish: Brandied cherry and Brigadeiro truffle on a bay leaf


  1. Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled.
  2. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  3. Express with orange oil, rub the rim, and discard.
  4. Serve with brandied cherry and Brigadeiro truffle on bay leaf.

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Updated: 2022-12-20