It’s not always that complicated. Occasionally, these drinks happen without a lot of thought going into them. Well, not a lot of thought on my part, anyway. Sometimes you stay out too late and just want to crank up some good tunes and make a drink for the pure pleasure of it. That’s what we have here tonight, just enough words to get us to the break and a heck of a drink to boot. So join me now as we stand and make the Rusty Switchblade.

This is a riff on a Nashville original, the Switchblade, created by Riley Perrin from Attaboy on the east side of town. Attaboy is an awesome, speakeasy-esque place with super bartenders. No menus, you just talk with them a few minutes about what sort of thing you like and they make something special for you. I love the vibe, small, laid-back, classy but not pretentious. Check it out next time you pop over for Five Points Pizza. This one is super easy to make and is truly wonderful. I am gonna admit it, upfront, I didn’t have the right ingredients to make a Switchblade, so I made something close, but this really is a different drink, so a new name, use of the word riff and voila, a new drink.

Grab your tins and pop in 2 ounces of mezcal, I departed from that and used Illegal Mezcal for some added smoke; 1/2 an ounce of creme de cacao, I only had the dark stuff so that’s what I used; 3/4 of an ounce of fresh squeezed lime juice, 1/4 ounce of simple syrup. I added 2 dashes of El Guapo Fuego bitters and some ice before shaking hard to The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s “Switchblade 327“. I hate to be so on the nose with the music choice, but listening to it inspired the drink choice, plus it’s stream of consciousness, so what are you gonna do? Besides, good music makes drinks better, anyway and you know that. Double strain into a chilled coupe and dust with cayenne pepper, maybe garnish with a whole pepper. Cut some little slits in the pepper, so you get that spicy bouquet.

This drink is great, in its original form and in my frankenversion. It is prettier if you make it with white creme de cacao, but the flavor is consistent. I do wish I had used that, so our sweet cayenne free racing stripe would have better contrast. Next time. Big thanks to Riley Perrin for original, sorry that I messed with it a bit. I can’t wait till I can get back in to Attaboy and have the real McCoy. Till then, stay safe, stay hydrated and stay sane, my friends.