Drink This Now: The Earthy Prietoni

Ditch gin for Tequila's earthy cousin.

Prepare your palate for the coming fall with this take on the Negroni from New York City’s La Contenta. Ditch summertime’s gin and use Tequila’s earthy cousin, raicilla.

Relatively new to the U.S., raicilla (pronounced rye-SEE-ya) is an agave-based spirit from Jalisco, the birthplace of Tequila. Sometimes called “Mexican moonshine,” the earthy, herbal flavors hover somewhere between Tequila and mezcal.

The Prietoni

1¼ ounces La Venenosa Raicilla
1 ounce Campari
1 ounce sweet vermouth
Strip of orange peel, for garnish

In a mixing glass, combine all liquid ingredients with ice. Stir well, and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with orange peel.

Destination: Mexico City


Published on July 28, 2015
Topics: Mezcal, Recipes, Tequila
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip. and NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening, which debuts in September 2018. Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net

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