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Estocada cocktail at Pancito & Lefty is made with mezcal.

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Estocada

What is it?

Estocada is a cocktail at Pancito & Lefty that takes its name from the final thrust of the matador’s sword between the shoulder blades of a bull during a corrida or bullfight: a highly ritualized tradition in both Spain and Mexico.

This cocktail is made with locally sourced red beets from Blackbird Farm on Johns Island.

What’s the story?

Pancito & Lefty is a cantina established by chef Robert Berry, Jimmy Poole (The Alley) and beverage director David Axelrod.

Axelrod tells the story of this cocktail:

“When Robert, Jimmy, and I first began working on a bar with a culinary bent and inspired by Mexican flavors, we quickly agreed that a foundational goal would be to let the natural flavors of our base ingredients shine, without an over-reliance on cordials, flavored liqueurs, or syrups. Incorporating fresh, local vegetable juice into our cocktails was a natural expression of this core philosophy of balance, simplicity and, most importantly, flavor. The Estocada was the first cocktail we settled on that we felt really captured this idea.”

Who’s selling it?

Pancito & Lefty

708 King St.

pancitoandlefty.com

What’s the price?

$9

What’s the flavor?

Axelrod has aligned a complete pantheon of flavors to produce the balanced Estocada. Mezcal provides a smoky landscape on which the bitter notes of Campari, the sweet-earthy edge of freshly pressed red beet juice and the acid notes of lemon zest come together in a drink that also satisfies visually due to its vibrant color.

It's a perfect aperitif for sipping.

— Deidre Schipani