Debbie, Don’t

Hi there, it’s been a while! Looks like we’ve had only one post since COVID began, which seems a bit silly since just about all we’ve been doing since the pandemic took hold is drinking. This was not a time for customization and experimentation, though. No, it was a time for finding a semblance of stability in old faithfuls.

Enter the Debbie, Don’t: I found this gem in the excellent Regarding Cocktails, by the late Sacha Petraske and Georgette Moger-Petraske. 

It’s a pretty simple, booze-forward drink, which was a nice choice for a few reasons; First off, the ingredients are commonly available which limited my need to go out; Secondly, it is easy and fast to prepare. 

Efficiency is key when you only have five minutes between getting the kids to bed and having to start working again until you put yourself to bed. Such is the pandemic life.


  • 1 oz tequila reposado
  • 1 oz Amaro Averna
  • ¾ oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz maple syrup

Add all ingredients to an ice-filled shaker and shake well. Double strain into a chilled coupe.

See? Simple as can be, and quite a unique mix of flavours to boot – just what the doctor ordered.