Scorched Earth

Marisa Chafetz / Supercall
Marisa Chafetz / Supercall

At first glance, the ingredients in this exotic frozen cocktail may seem strange. Apple cider? Aperol? And mezcal? But when they come together, you get a perfectly balanced, crowd-pleasing cocktail you can serve all summer and into the fall. Created by Adam DelGiudice from Ron Barceló, the refreshing drink is as easy to make as it is to gulp down. “The smoke and earthiness of the mezcal counterbalances the richness of the rum,” DelGiudice says. “I wanted two spirits that were opposites to complement each other by finding ingredients that brought them together to make something unique.” Unique it is, with ginger and lemon juice adding some tang, while Aperol lends a bittersweet note to the frozen libation. Cinnamon syrup and apple cider round out the drink and give it a flavor that wouldn’t be out of place during football season’s early tailgates.

Scorched Earth

Dry, Sweet, Sour


  • 1-inch Slice ginger
  • 1.5 oz rum
  • .5 oz mezcal
  • .75 oz lemon juice
  • .5 oz cinnamon syrup
  • .25 oz Aperol
  • 1 oz Apple Cider
  • 1 Cup ice
  • orange slice
  • mint


Step one

Add all ingredients, save for the garnishes, to a blender. Blend to desired consistency.

Step two

Pour into a double rocks glass, and garnish with an orange slice and mint sprig.

Contributed by Adam DelGiudice