The Story Behind The Down in Flames

From Normandie, a new restaurant in Portland, Ore., comes this boozy, moody cocktail. Developed by Judson Winquist, Normandie’s co-owner and an industry veteran, it drinks like a smoky Old Fashioned, with a split base of high-proof rye and mezcal.

It’s one of the most popular cocktails at Normandie, Winquist says. It's easy to see why.


  • 1 ounce mezcal
  • ¾ ounce 100-proof rye whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce Punt e Mes
  • 1/4 ounce triple sec, such as Combier
  • 1/4 ounce crème de cacao
  • 2 dashes mole bitters
  • Orange peel, for garnish


  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, and stir until chilled.
  2. Strain into rocks glass over a large ice cube.
  3. Gently express an orange peel over the top of the drink, and use peel as a garnish.

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Updated: 2019-01-08

The Down in Flames Recipe