Sometimes the word renegade has a bad connotation, e.g. the wanted man in the classic Styx song. Sometimes history ultimately vindicates renegades because they dared to be different. The word comes from the Latin renegare, which means to deny or renounce. The Renegade cocktail isn't nearly as old as the word. Thanks to Sara Rosales for creating it in 2013 and posting it on the Kindred Cocktails site.
1 ounce bourbon
1 ounce mezcal
.75 ounces yellow Chartreuse
1 dash orange bitters
1 dash Angostura bitters
Combine in a shaker with ice, stir with the confidence that it takes to be a you know what, and strain into a chilled glass. Orange twist garnish optional.
Like a true renegade, the Renegade stands out because of its high powered mix of bourbon and mezcal (very similar to tequila and used in drinks such as the Naked and Famous). The yellow Chartreuse (used in drinks such as the Diamondback) keeps you from ending up like the man in the Styx tune (he's about to hang on the gallows). If you want to be a renegade with a Renegade, change up the bitters. For example, you can use the orange and juniper bitters from Bittered Sling and the aromatic bitters from Embitterment.
Does this combination of ingredients look a little weird? Yes it does. Just remember the motto of the elite British Special Air Service -- who dares, wins.
Renounce weak cocktails, dare to have a Renegade, and win.