The team at PM Spirits in NYC has teamed up with Domaine d’Esperance in Bas Armagnac to create Cobrafire, a grape eau-de vie made from equal parts folle blanche and baco. Clear, with a pleasantly weighty texture and bright white-plum flavors, it makes a fine base for drinks such as a Japanese cocktail, with orgeat and Angostura, yet it’s also smooth enough to sip on its own.
Think of Cobrafire as mezcal’s French cousin that spends the afternoon eating saucisson, shouting at the tennis players on tv, lecturing you about American decadence and prudishness or whatever….
This makes a wonderful Negroni (swapping in for gin), and my favorite riff, call it the Antibes Daquiri…
1.5 oz Cobrafire
1oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
.5 oz simple syrup
Dash of Peychaud’s bitters
Assemble in a shaker with ice, shake and fine strain into a chiller coupe. Garnish with a twist of lemon