Continuing a tradition, a new year brings a new original creation from the Wulf Cocktail Den. The Mexicillin is a twist on the popular Penicillin. The name's resemblance to the common antibiotic amoxicillin is completely intentional. While the name of the cocktail isn't entirely original, my recipe is.
Combine everything except the mezcal in a shaker with ice, shake con fuerza de amoxicilina, strain into a chilled glass, then float the mezcal on top (hold a spoon upside down over the glass and pour slowly). Candied ginger or lime garnish optional.
The Mexicillin swaps tequila, mezcal, and lime for the two types of Scotch and lemon in a Penicillin. Both tequila and mezcal are Mexican liquors derived from the agave plant (although tequila must come from a blue agave), but it's the production process that gives mezcal its smoky flavor. Just as smoky Scotch gives the Penicillin an extra dimension of flavor, mezcal does the same for the Mexicillin.
As with the Penicillin, you have two options for the ginger. You can use .5 ounces of a ginger liqueur such as Barrow's Intense (full disclosure -- I am a small investor), or muddle two or three small pieces of fresh ginger in the shaker before adding the other ingredients. For the honey syrup, follow the recipe I used for A Thief In The Night.
Want some south of the border cocktail fun? Then prescribe yourself a Mexicillin.