My dad is one of my favorite people to go to happy hour with. Not only is he an awesome conversationalist who shares amazing stories from his 40+ years as a barber but he’s also always down to try just about any cocktail. He took me to Los Angeles a few years ago to try his new favorite concoction the Spicy 50 at Mixology 101. I was a bit hesitant since it had a Thai chili in it and spicy and my stomach aren’t always the best of friends BUT the Spicy 50 was so well-balanced that I had a few with no repercussions. I really wanted to incorporate that awesome combination of spice and flowers in a cocktail but also use tequila and my new favorite cocktail addition mescal. I love the smoky flavor of mescal but I also like a little sweetness and sour notes. This cocktail has a bit of everything… The smokiness from the mescal, the tartness from the grapefruit, the floral notes of elderflower, the sweetness of the strawberry simple syrup and a little spiciness from the jalapeno. If you’re not into spicy stuff just eliminate the jalapenos or if you like it extra spicy add more!
*To make the strawberry simple syrup follow the directions for peach simple syrup here but replace the peaches with strawberries. The ratio is 4 parts fruit, 2 parts water, 1 part sugar. I like my simple syrup to be deeply infused with the flavor of the fruit and not too sweet which is why my recipe varies from the classic simple syrup recipe.
- 1 shot of tequila
- ½ shot of mescal
- ½ shot of elderflower liquer
- 1 shot of strawberry simple syrup
- 1 grapefruit
- 3 jalapenos slices
- Fill your shaker with ice.
- Add everything to the shaker and shake vigorously.
- Fill a glass with ice and strain the mixture in the shaker into your glass.
- For extra spice add the jalapenos to the drink after your strain it.