Drink This Now: The Agroni at Mean Mule Distilling Company

April Fleming

Tequila is nowhere in the conversation when we speak of negronis, which are typically made with gin, Vermouth Rosso, and Campari. But Mean Mule Distilling Company, a new, spirits-forward bar in the East Crossroads, might change your mind about that. Mean Mule has been making its own agave (the preferred name for tequila not made in Mexico) for the past five years and just opened a new tasting room, which features flights of spirits and a handful of craft cocktails. The margarita is well worth trying, but the Agroni is our favorite. The bartenders use a dangerously smooth house agave; white, herby Vermouth Routin for a bit of sweetness; and Luxardo Bitter Bianco to add an aromatic bite. It’s not a 1:1:1 ratio — there’s a little more agave in there than the rest, bar manager Justin Klaas tells me — but it’s nevertheless exceptionally light and drinkable, and a great excuse to venture over toward this new spot.

Mean Mule Distilling Company, 1733 Locust.

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