The Expanse Cocktails Project

Expanse Cocktail #66
¿Y Qué?

The ¿Y Qué? was a slingshot racing pod, Manéo Jung-Espinoza’s pride and joy. In it, he set new records for close approaches and un-powered transits. When news of the Ring overshadowed Manéo’s slingshot exploits, he decided on the most audacious course ever: through the Ring itself. The unforgettable result ensured his name would live forever.

We enjoyed thinking a lot about the presentation for this drink. It’s served in a coupe, which has graceful curves, reminiscent of the orbital curves of a slingshotter’s course. The raspberry is also symbolic: it represents Manéo’s ultimate fate. (Sorry, Néo.)


  • 1 ounce mezcal (joven)
  • ½ ounce aged (gold) rum
  • ¼ ounce grapefruit juice
  • ¼ ounce orange juice
  • ¼ ounce orange curaçao
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • ⅛ ounce velvet falernum


Cinnamon-Infused Bourbon: Roughly chop 3 cinnamon sticks. Infuse in 1 cup bourbon for 3 hours and strain well.

Cocktail: Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass and stir with ice until cold. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Twist an orange peel over the drink to express its oils, then drop it into the glass.