Alcoholic Spirits

Sombra Joven Mezcal

Lurk in the darkness with Sombra Joven, a surprisingly sweet and smokey mezcal, giving you the courage to face the shadows in the night.


Sombra Joven Mezcal Sips & Spirits


What’s on the menu?

Today, we are calling upon a spirit from Mezcal Sombra in Santiago, Matalán, Oaxaca Mexico. We are using their Sombra Joven to summon the Old Skull.

Cocktail Mixology

Chelsea’s Tasting Notes

Sombra Joven Shot
  • That just opened up all my sinuses.
  • Sweeter than I was expecting.
  • It starts off sweet and then the smokiness surfaces.
Old Skull Cocktail
  • I might have picked a different bitter.
  • I wish the mixologists writing the recipe was more specific with what type of bitters.
  • We chose angostura bitters thinking it might compliment the cocktail better, but after tasting the cocktail, I feel cinnamon, vanilla or black walnut bitters might flatter this cocktail better.
  • Let us know which bitters you try with this cocktail in the comments and we’ll compare notes.
  • I like that it’s totally different from drinking the mezcal straight.
  • I feel the recipe is calling for too much charcoal, but I don’t actually know if it is making any difference to the flavor or not.
  • I wonder if our drinks taste different because of the order we each added the ingredients.
  • I added the bitters, the syrup and then the mezcal.

Erick’s Tasting Notes

Sombra Joven Shot
  • It has a weird bite.
  • Not what I was expecting for a tequila cousin.
  • Definitely sweeter.
  • Rounds out with that familiar tequila burn.
Old Skull Cocktail
  • That’s delightful.
  • A more citrus-based bitter.
  • It’s interesting, but there are a lot of flavors hidden in there.
  • If you notice the colors of our cocktails are different, it is because we used different amounts of activated charcoal in each of our glasses.
  • Yours does have a little different of a taste from mine.
  • I did the mezcal, syrup and then the bitters.

Liquor Facts

Chelsea shares details about the impressive sustainability and resourcefulness of Sombra’s distillery. She also took some time walking through the distillation process of Mezcal then wrapped up with having Erick share the distillery’s name meaning and why we selected this bottle for the podcast.

Would You Rather

Would you rather see a large shadow move towards you or see a small shadow grow bigger and bigger then approach you?

Story Notes

Erick had quite the lineup with three unsettling tales involving shadows of various kinds.

Last Call

Have the shadows haunted you in the night?

Close Your Tab

Thank you so much for joining us around the bar. We hope you’ll stay tuned for even more spooky sips very soon.

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