This cocktail takes its name from an ancient collection of archeological ruins in central Oaxaca. The name Mitla is derived from the Nahuatl name Mictlán, meaning the "place of the dead" or "underworld." Mitla was a very important religious center in which priests performed rites of worship and occasional sacrifices to the gods.
Using an aged, highly oxidative wine, like the Rancio Sec below, is fitting. It's a wine that skirts the edge of its own demise, much like Mitla itself.
- Combine the Rancio Sec, Cardamaro, Nocino Americano, lemon juice, and bitters in a shaker over ice. Shake until well-chilled.
- Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with the orange rind and contemplate the existential abyss.