In honor of the upcoming Grammy Awards, we’re rolling out a series of pitch-perfect cocktails inspired by this year's nominees for Best Record of the Year. Each drink was dreamed up by Evan Charest, mixologist for the Patina Restaurant Group and the official caterer for the awards show.
“Can’t Feel My Face,” the devastatingly catchy tune by hip-hop/R&B artist The Weeknd, opens with the moody lyrics: “And I know she'll be the death of me, at least we'll both be numb / And she'll always get the best of me, the worst is yet to come.”
There’s been some debate over the meaning of the song, but Charest captured the essence in his “She’ll Be the Death of Me” cocktail. “I wanted something with some heat that could hit you on your front palate, but then dissipate,” Charest explains. “To achieve this, I used Ancho Reyes chile liqueur along with some simple syrup and lemon to balance out the drink, and mint to cool your palate and create a clean, ‘numbing’ finish.” Try the recipe below.
She’ll Be the Death of Me
2 oz vodka
1/2 oz Ancho Reyes chile liqueur ($35; budgetbottle.com)
1/2 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, boiled)
3/4 oz lemon juice
6-8 mint leaves
Muddle the mint, add all ingredients, and shake and double strain over a chilled coupe.