Mezcal, the smokey sister to Tequila. Not new to the world of agave spirits, but making huge waves in the cocktail game these days. With it’s robust flavor, Mezcal is unmistakeable in a cocktail. El Buho Mezcal really packs a punch in flavor. Notes of smoke, roasted agave, ancho chili, spice, citrus, vanilla and dark chcoclate, El Buho is distilled from 100% Espadin Agave. El Buho is produced in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca, Mexico where the agave is roasted underground. Check out the cool video of how El Buho is hand made here.
El Buho Mezcal makes for wonderful fresh spring cocktails. The taste of this spirit is unmistakeable. Great on it’s own, this Mezcal also pairs well with many different flavors. With it’s rich smokey flavor, try substituting Mezcal for other spirits in classic cocktails. A smokey Margarita, smokey Negroni, the Last Word and so many others. Here, we’re going to start with a smokey Thyme Paloma.
Smokey Thyme Paloma:
2oz. El Buho Mezcal
2oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice
3/4oz. Thyme Syrup
1/4oz. Fresh Lime Juice
* For Thyme syrup, bring 1Cup of water and 1Cup of sugar to a boil with 5 or so sprigs of thyme. Cook until sugar is dissolved and remove from heat. Let the syrup sit for about 30 minutes for flavors to marry and cool then bottle.
**For cocktail, add all ingredients to shaker minus club soda. Shake until chilled and strain into highball glass over fresh ice. Top with club soda and garnish with a sprig of thyme.
El Buho Penicillin Cocktail:
1 1/2oz. Scotch
1oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2oz. Honey Liqueur
1/2oz. Ginger Syrup
~1oz. El Buho Mezcal
*Add all ingredients to shaker minus Mezcal. Shake until chilled and strain into rocks glass over fresh ice. Float Mezcal atop cocktail and garnish with lemon wheel or candied ginger.
Give your cocktails a smokey flare this spring with El Buho Mezcal. Cheers!