The Chestnut Club in Santa Monica, Calif., takes cocktails extremely seriously, as evidenced by its library of over 400 spirits and a dress code that curtails shorts, sandals, and baseball caps in order to show proper respect for the mixology at hand. Bar manager Raul Yrastorza recommends the El Camino—made with tequila’s less-famous cousin, mezcal—to get your motor running. (thechestnutclubsm.com)
- 1 oz. Rittenhouse Rye
- 1 oz. Vida mezcal
- 1½ oz. Bénédictine D.O.M.
- 4 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters
Build the drink in a double rocks glass containing a large ice cube, then add an orange twist.