Spicy Dead Lady cocktail with Mezcal, Aperol, Falernum and lime juice
Perhaps the most unappreciated spirit on liquor store shelves, mezcal has gotten a bad rap for years. From the cheaper versions that have a worm floating in the bottom of the bottle (it’s a tourist trap!) to its confusingly close association with the other agave spirit—tequila—of which there is very little similarity, it’s finally in the midst of a cocktailian makeover. Curious? Make one of these tantalizingly fruity mezcal cocktails and you’ll never underestimate the Mexican liquor
The Little Devil: This spicy-sweet cocktail is called "The Little Devil" for good reason. A mix of tequila, ancho chile liqueur, mezcal (an agave liqueur), and a blend of fruit juices and syrups, this drink will get the party started.
The McQueen 1 ounce of mezcal 1 ounce of smoky blended Scotch (like the Black Grouse) ¼ ounce of agave syrup (light agave dissolved in an equal amount of hot water) a dash of orange bitters grapefruit peel