Devil’s Soul Cocktail Recipe

Gary Regan first published Ted Kilgore’s Devil’s Soul cocktail in his book, 101 Best New Cocktails 2012. It’s truly an unusual mix of ingredients with spicy rye whiskey, smoky mezcal, 2 amaros and a floral elderflower liquer – but strangely, it works.
“Ted Kilgore, the Crazy Bastard from Missouri, put together ingredients that absolutely positively do not belong in the same glass. And yet again he’s come up with a fabulous drink. Well done, Ted. You Crazy Bastard.” – Gaz Regan
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  • 45 ml Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey 1.5 oz
  • 15 ml Sombra Mezcal 0.5 oz
  • 15 ml Averna Amaro 0.5 oz
  • 7.5 ml Aperol 0.25 oz
  • 7.5 ml St Germain Elderflower Liqueur 0.25 oz
  • Flamed orange zest


  • Combine all ingredients into your mixing glass
  • Stir for 30-45 seconds
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  • Flame an orange zest into the drink
  • Garnish with orange


If you are looking for in-depth tasting notes, refer to Douglas M Ford’s Cold Glass website (for this and many other cocktails).
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