Muddled cucumber, lemon, and a pinch of chili salt are a refreshing match for Oaxacan mezcal. (This drink works best with a non-traditional, unsmoked agave mezcal.)
Enlarge Image Credit: Anna StockwellMAKES 1 COCKTAIL
INGREDIENTS1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp Mexican-style chili powder
2 lemon wedges
5 slices of cucumber
1 ½ tsp agave nectar
2 oz. mezcal produced from unsmoked agave, such as Zignum
INSTRUCTIONS1. Mix the salt and the chili powder together on a small plate. Run a lemon wedge around the glass to moisten, and rim the glass with chili salt.
2. Combine the lemon wedges, cucumber, and a pinch of chili salt in the bottom of a shaker and muddle well. Add mezcal, agave nectar, and ice. Shake and strain into a margarita glass over fresh ice.