Less than one week until my favorite party of the year! Last year I was unfortunately terribly ill, but this week I have a friend in town and friends coming over and I'm so ready; give me all the guac! And Mezcal...
I've always been a fan of mezcal; it's like tequilas funky flavorful aunt. They share the same genetics (agave) but mezcal is a less processed, younger form. It's like tequila but with a smokier, less bitter bite so it's better for sipping and enjoying, not that we don't enjoy a few shots of tequila but it's a different enjoyment that doesn't end with us in smeared lipstick half-dressed asleep on the floor. Last years trip to Mexico only exacerbated my love for this liquor and I'm so excited to share with you some of my favorite recipes! Also, if you're looking for a good mezcal to try, La Marca Negra is my favorite that I've found here in The States, and it's only $55 a bottle!
First up is Z's favorite way to enjoy this liquor- in a "red and stormy". An updated dark and stormy, this drink calls for ginger beer (2oz), mezcal (1-2 oz depending on how frisky you want to get), grapefruit juice (1/2 oz), simple syrup(1/2oz), and lime juice (a squirt!). Mix and pour over ice you get a smokey yet gingery-spicey drink that you won't be able to put down!
Next up, the Mezcal Mule. Another twist on a classic, this one also involves ginger beer (6oz). Grab your mule glass, or a classic rocks glass, and a pint glass. In the pint glass muddle simple syrup with 3-4 leaves of fresh mint. Add your ginger beer, 2oz of mezcal, and 2oz of lime juice, mix and strain over ice into your glass. Garnish with extra mint for a refreshingly smokey afternoon sipper.
Lastly, like I said Mezcal is a great sipping drink; the easiest way to toss it back is the way they do it in Mexico. Take two shot glasses, fill one with your mezcal, and the other with orange juice*. Sip the mezcal, follow up with the juice, and sit back and enjoy the intoxicating flavors of a Mexican summer.
** other options include rimming your glass with spices, having a side of sliced orange, or a slice of spiced orange.
Have you ever tried Mezcal? What are you doing this Cinco De Mayo??