By Trevor Shores (Death & Co Denver, 2023)

Darkness Calls

"Darkness Calls began as a tequila negroni, but I wanted to make a variation that was darker and more robust, something that I would enjoy after a long day at work. Denizen’s Vatted Dark rum is a 100-proof blend of Guyana demerara rum and unaged rhum agricole, and gives the drink a deep baseline for everything to build upon. Using Punt e mas as the sweet vermouth component brings more bitterness, so I balanced it out with white crème de cacao, resulting in a bittersweet sipper with lovely orange and dark chocolate notes. Darkness calls to us all." —TS

1¼ ounces Altos Reposado tequila
½ ounce Denizen Vatted Dark rum
¾ ounce Punt e Mes
½ ounce Campari
¼ ounce Giffard white Crème de Cacao 
Garnish: 1 orange twist

Stir all the ingredients with ice, then strain into a chilled Nick & Nora glass. Garnish with the orange twist.