Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Cocktail for Spring Nights // The Mezcal Gimlet

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It seems that Spring has finally made it's way to Boston ... and not a moment too soon. This winter was beyond brutal so I think it's safe to say that we're all reeeeaaaaalllly ready for warmer weather and all that it brings with it. Like spring cocktails.

You all may remember when I posted about our friends' amazing Orange-Infused Old Fashioned back in February; it was a hugely popular post and I've heard lots of happy stories of nights with it (if you tried it,  you're thanking me right about now).

Well, we were over at our friends' home again last weekend (yep, with kids in tow again for cocktails & pizza night; that's how our neighborhood rolls ... and that's why we love it so much) and they introduced us to another cocktail that was so different and delicious that I had to share. They call it the Mezcal Gimlet and it's another drink they discovered after trying mezcal (essentially a smokey tequilla from Mexico) at a restaurant. This cocktail has such a unique flavor -- smoky and refreshing at the same time and incredibly difficult to explain -- and when I drank it, all I could think of was cocktails hours on the deck listening to something like Calexico. It's got this great multi-layered flavor: nuanced, fresh, relaxed and bracing all in one.

Intriguing, right? Definitely worth a try. And since they've promised that they're cool with me spilling the beans (again),  here's the skinny:

You'll need:
  • Mezcal. This is what we brought with us and it was GOOD.
  • Fresh Lime Juice. My friend swears by this juicer and I'm seriously considering making the purchase.
  • Simple Syrup (super-easy to make and totally worth the five minutes of prep)
  • You can use either low ball or coupe cocktail glassware
  1. Pour 2 oz. of mezcal into a shaker
  2. Add 1 oz. of freshly-squeezed lime juice
  3. Add 1/2 oz. of simple syrup 
  4. Shake with ice
  5. Serve it straight up and ENJOY!

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