Name Our October Cocktail for a Chance to Win Our Cocktail Book!

September 14, 2017 | By | Comments (69)

Compete for beach house bragging rights! Here’s how to enter (See full contest rules here.):

  1. Enter anytime from September 15 until October 12, 2017.
  2. Suggest a fun, creative, and evocative name for the recipe. Explain the name in a sentence or two in the comments below (50 words or less).
  3. The winning recipe name (and your name, if you wish) will be printed in an upcoming issue of Coastal Living, and the winner will receive a copy of Beach Cocktails!

Photo: Greg Dupree, Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine, Food Styling: Margaret Monroe Dickey, Recipe: Karen Rankin

How to Make Our Cocktail of the Month

Combine 2 Tbsp. (1 oz.) mezcal, 2 Tbsp. (1 oz.) sweet vermouth, 1 Tbsp. (1/2 oz.) Aperol, 1 Tbsp. (1/2 oz.) Campari, 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, and 2 drops of Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters in a glass filled with ice; stir until well chilled. Pour through a cocktail strainer into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with an orange peel, if desired. Serve immediately. Serves 1.


  1. Adam

    I believe it should be named Bittersweet Love, Bittersweet Romance or Bittersweet Memory. It’s a nod to the ingredients (bitters & sweet vermouth) and to its color (Red) and to the benefit of the orange peel (vitamin C).

    September 21, 2017 at 6:26 pm
  2. Claude LeFrancois


    Name: Devil’s Tongue
    A zingy taste, blended with red, all appealing in the mouth.

    September 21, 2017 at 6:36 pm
  3. Sheri Turner

    Better Men Chill: The mezcal with the sweet vermouth reminds me of lingering on a holiday with your love while enjoying a last sunset.

    September 21, 2017 at 6:58 pm
  4. Helene Mclaughlin

    Sweet Mexican Rose – the name popped into my head as soon as I saw the rose colored drink with the rose garnish . And of course we couldn’t forget the Mezcal.

    September 21, 2017 at 7:47 pm
  5. Jan Gillespie

    Jan Gillespie
    Red Carpet – The drink was created in September just in time for the Emmys. The taste is red carpet quality at its finest.

    September 21, 2017 at 9:58 pm
  6. Karen Rose

    Rosalita: Mezcal, the color, the garnish looks like a rose.

    September 21, 2017 at 11:54 pm
  7. Linda Gillotti

    Coupe de Chill – a suitable name for such a luxurious libation with unique ingredients.

    September 22, 2017 at 7:08 am
  8. tanyamaries

    Sweethot Arancia – Sweet for the agave, grapes, sugar, and chocolate. Hot for the spices in the Bittermens Xocolati Mole Bitters. Arancia for orange from the aperol color and due to many liquors in this drink being of Italian origin.

    September 22, 2017 at 8:29 am
  9. Jenna Burke

    I would call it “Scarlett”.

    September 22, 2017 at 8:48 am
  10. Gail M. Kennedy

    The first thing that popped into my mind was “Expensive Taste”. This drink has components that the average household would not have on hand. It looks elegant and decadent as well.

    September 22, 2017 at 10:28 am
  11. Cynthia C Gutierrez

    I think this drink would appeal more to women. Women love pretty shoes. When I first looked at it, it brought to mind Dorothy’ slippers in the Wizard of Oz. So I think it should be called the
    “Ruby Slipper”.

    September 22, 2017 at 1:22 pm
  12. Charmaine Sargent

    The “Mexitaly” (mex-i-TAH-lee) – named for it’s combination of both traditional Mexican fare paired with traditional Italian beverages.

    September 22, 2017 at 3:08 pm
  13. Monika Messerer Chambers

    Agave Marie! The ingredient Mezcal means oven cooked agave. Urban legends refers to Marie as an irresistible and mysterious girl that we see often, but know little about. It is believed that Marie means “sea of bitterness” this would include the Bittermens and the Bitters used in the cocktail!

    September 22, 2017 at 6:08 pm
  14. Cindy Baughn

    This red delicious drink reminds me of a beautiful autumn kiss. Fresh, decadent and delicious . I would love to name her Autumn Kiss. The deliciousness of it makes me want more💋

    September 22, 2017 at 6:22 pm
  15. Leah Martin

    Definitely “Old Flame”- a little bitter, a little sweet, with a simmering fire… irresistible, haunting and a little dangerous!

    September 22, 2017 at 6:41 pm
  16. Amy Haller

    “Perfectly Bittersweet”! The perfect combination of bitter and sweet!

    September 22, 2017 at 6:45 pm
  17. Lia Hanson

    Autumn Rose

    September 22, 2017 at 8:18 pm
  18. Chris Caron

    “A Rose by any other name would smell as sweet” Reference to Romeo and Juliet that it doesn’t matter that Romeo was from Juliet’s rival house. He is still as sweet. Not where you came from but what you are. This drink tastes better than it looks.

    September 22, 2017 at 8:36 pm

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