Food and Drink

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.

Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Madrid
Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Madrid
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 centre 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 savour 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

• 20ml Maguey Vida Mezcal
• 15ml González Byass Red Copa Vermouth
• 15ml Noilly Prat Dry
• 10ml Licor Chartreuse green
• 22ml 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.

Food and Drink

Red Rooster Is Serving Free Chicken and Piping Hot Cash This Christmas in July

Get your early dose of festive cheer.

Red Rooster Christmas in July
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The cold weather in most parts of Australia coinciding with EOFY celebrations is the closest thing that we’ll get to snowy Christmas vibes. And if you’re in dire need of some festive cheer after the first six months of 2023, grab your ugly sweater and head to your nearest Red Rooster for Xmas in July deals.

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Each week there’ll be new delicious deals and prizes to win. The week one deals have already dropped and they’re looking pretty tasty. You can get access to them via your Red Royalty account. The more you purchase, the more chances you have to win.

Spoiler alert: you can get 10 chicken nuggets for free, right now. Brb running to Red Rooster.

Terms and conditions apply. Visit Red Rooster’s Christmas in July to see all the deals.


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