This Mezcal and Vermouth Cocktail Is Reason Enough to Travel to Madrid

Bartender Raúl Navarro of Dani at the Four Seasons Madrid shares his recipe.

Leyenda | Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Madrid
Leyenda | Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Madrid

Dani is among the most alluring new bars and eateries in all of Spain. Perched atop the five-star Four Seasons Madrid, it possesses all the ingredients of a buzz-worthy dining destination: a celebrity chef in the form of Michelin starred Dani García, sensational views overlooking the center of Puerta del Sol, sleek and stylish interior (think urban garden with Art Deco accents), and an innovative and evolving drinks menu.

Locking down that last bit is head bartender Raúl Navarro. If you haven’t had a taste of what he’s preparing on the property…well, that’s entirely understandable. It is in Madrid, after all.

One of the main things you’re missing out on—in addition to Navarro’s infectious personality and stick-side manner—is the bespoke Spanish vermouth program featured at the Four Seasons. Downstairs in the lobby bar you can savor some of the native liquid, specially conceived by Bodegas Barbadillo, pouring directly from the sherry barrel in which it matures.

But if your plans aren’t taking you to the capital of Spain this summer, you can take a taste of the city back to your home bar instead. Below Navarro shares his recipe for The Leyenda, a refreshing yet complex cocktail built around mezcal, Chartreuse, and a Spanish vermouth that’s happily accessible here in the U.S. Salud!

Leyenda Recipe

• ⅔ ounce Maguey Vida Mezcal
• ½ ounce González Byass Red Copa Vermouth
• ½ ounce Noilly Prat Dry
• ⅓ ounce Licor Chartreuse green
• ¾ ounce Campari
• 1 dash Bittermens Hellfire Habanero

Combine all ingredients, serve in a rocks glass, with a giant cube of ice. Garnish with grapefruit and orange.

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Brad Japhe is a freelance journalist with a wicked case of the get-up-and-gos. He’s usually found at the junction of food, booze, and travel. Follow him @Journeys_with_Japhe.