At first sip, lime juice and fresh mint refresh the taste buds, but soon the smoky and spicy undertones of chipotle-infused mezcal creep over the palate. A touch of Cynar, an unusual liqueur made from artichokes, adds a veil of mystery.
For the Chipotle Infused Mezcal
- 1 dried chipotle pepper
- 1 cup mezcal
For the Cocktail
- 4-6 mint leaves
- 3⁄4 oz. lime juice
- 3⁄4 oz. agave nectar
- 1⁄2 oz. Cynar
- 1⁄2 oz. chipotle-infused mezcal
- 1 1⁄2 oz. resposado tequila
For the Chipotle Infused Mezcal: Toast one dried chipotle in a pan over high heat until it begins to smoke slightly, then remove from heat. Place the pepper in a sealable jar, add mezcal, tightly cover, and let sit overnight. Remove
For the Cocktail: In an ice shaker, combine mint, lime juice, agave, Cynar, mezcal, and tequila. Shake for 30 seconds, strain into an iced coup, and serve.