I Recreated the Ultimate Cocktail from Just an Instagram Pic: Here's How!

Posted by Brian Porter on October 18, 2023

I Recreated the Ultimate Cocktail from Just an Instagram Pic: Here’s How!

Let’s face it; we’ve all been there—scrolling through our Instagram feed, drooling over tantalizing cocktails, and being reminded of how they taste. But what if I told you that with a bit of ingenuity, a dash of tech magic, and an insatiable thirst for excellence, I managed to reverse-engineer one of the best cocktails I’ve ever sipped: the mysterious Señor Smokey!


A Picture Paints a Thousand Flavors

It began on a lazy Sunday evening when I stumbled upon an image of the ingredients of one of the best cocktails I ever tasted. The name? Señor Smokey. The ingredients were listed right there, but the proportions? That remained the drink’s tantalizing secret.

The listed ingredients were:

  • Mezcal
  • Grapefruit
  • Lime juice
  • Falernum
  • Agave
  • Chocolate bitters
  • Egg white
  • Chilli salt

Just reading the ingredients again had my taste buds tingling. But how could I unlock the perfect blend of these flavors?

Enter ChatGPT: My Digital Bartender

With the ingredient list in hand, I turned to ChatGPT, the digital marvel by OpenAI. I fed it the list, and voila! It swiftly provided a recipe that promised a smooth, smoky cocktail sensation.

Here’s the magic potion it crafted for Señor Smokey:

  1. 2 oz Mezcal
  2. 1 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  3. 0.5 oz fresh lime juice
  4. 0.5 oz falernum
  5. 0.25 oz agave syrup (you can adjust to taste)
  6. 1-2 dashes of chocolate bitters
  7. 1 egg white (from a fresh egg)
  8. Chili salt (for rimming the glass)

ChatGPT even provided the instructions:

  1. Glass Prep: Begin by rimming your glass. Wet the rim with a grapefruit or lime wedge, then dip into the chili salt to coat the rim. Set aside.
  2. Dry Shake: In a shaker, combine the egg white, mezcal, grapefruit juice, lime juice, falernum, agave syrup, and chocolate bitters. Shake without ice first (this is known as a “dry shake”) to emulsify the egg white and create a foamy texture.
  3. Wet Shake: After the dry shake, add ice to the shaker and shake again until well chilled. This is referred to as a “wet shake.”
  4. Strain & Serve: Strain the mixture into your prepped glass. You should see a nice, foamy layer on top from the egg white.
  5. Garnish (Optional): If desired, you can add a small piece of grapefruit or lime peel or wheel for visual appeal.
  6. Enjoy responsibly!

The combination of ingredients you provided suggests a delightful balance of smoky, tangy, sweet, and bitter flavors with a silky texture from the egg white. The chili salt adds an extra layer of spicy kick to each sip. Enjoy your Señor Smokey!

The First Sip

With bated breath, I followed the concoction’s steps, and as I took the first sip, a smoky, tangy, sweet symphony played on my palate. The Señor Smokey was every bit as divine as I remembered!

The Power of Technology (and a Good Palate)

My journey with Señor Smokey taught me that with the right tools and a little determination, the world of mixology is right at our fingertips. Whether you’re a budding bartender, a cocktail connoisseur, or just someone who loves a good drink story, never underestimate the power of technology paired with human curiosity.

So the next time you’re eyeing a drink on social media, remember my tale of Señor Smokey. And who knows? You might just find your next favorite cocktail. Cheers! 🍹

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