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Mezcaliente Cocktail @ Gramercy Tavern (NYC) ? Trying to re-create!

Angelina Jun 30, 2012 03:19 AM

So I just recently had the best cocktail in a very long time!! I had this and now I am obsessed with making it for a party I am hosting next week. The thing is, I do not know really anything about tequila nor do I know about the Mezcal? (never even heard of it)

Can someone please help me. I am trying to re-create this drink. Do I infuse the tequila myself w/ the jalepenos? Also, what tequila should I get, silver? Is Mezcal just our version of triple sec? I never got around to asking at the restaurant the toher night because I was so busy chatting it up with friends!

Thank you for any help at all!! Looking forward to making it...and drinking it!! :)


  1. EvergreenDan Jun 30, 2012 05:06 AM

    The universal response to posts such as this is just contact them and ask. I've yet to be refused a recipe.

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    1. re: EvergreenDan
      JMF Jun 30, 2012 10:07 AM

      and I'm the one who usually says just that... ;-)>

    2. JMF Jun 30, 2012 10:15 AM

      Tequila is a form of mezcal. Tequila can only be made in certain regions of Mexico. Tequila can be a mixto (blend of tequila and neutral spirit, plus caramel coloring, or 100% blue agave tequila. Think Cuervo. Mezcals tend to be smokier than tequila.

      I'm pretty sure the mezcal used in the cocktail is Sombra. http://www.sombraoaxaca.com/index.php

      If you want to really make the cocktail at home you need to get the exact recipe and use the same ingredients, because tequila and mezcal are one of the spirits with the broadest range of flavors.

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      1. re: JMF
        Angelina Jun 30, 2012 12:21 PM

        Thanks so much JMF! I did call as Evergreen Dan suggested. It was earlier this morning so no bartenders were there yet, but the man who answered did help me out somewhat.

        I am excited to try this! Thanks for the great info JMF!! Very much appreciated!!

        1. re: Angelina
          curseofleisure Jul 1, 2012 09:43 PM

          Please share the recipe when you obtain it!

        2. re: JMF
          JMF Jul 1, 2012 07:25 AM

          Oh, to be more clear, regular Cuervo is a mixto. Poor quality, not tasty.

        3. g
          GramercyTavern Jul 2, 2012 07:27 AM

          Angelina, it would be our pleasure to share the recipe for our Mezcaliente cocktail. Thanks for thinking of the cocktail for your party!

          (yield: one drink)

          Tequila Infusion
          1 fresh jalapeño
          1 c. tequila (silver/blanco)

          Simple Syrup
          ¼ c. sugar
          ¼ c. water

          2 oz. jalapeño-infused tequila
          ½ oz. high-quality mezcal (we use Del Maguey Vida)
          ¾ oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
          ½ oz. simple syrup
          2 ¼-inch slices cucumber, cut in quarters (peeled if skin is tough)

          Tequila Infusion
          Halve jalapeño length-wise and do not remove seeds. Add both halves to tequila. Taste after 20 minutes or so. Tequila should be spicy (to your taste, whether mild or very hot). Strain jalapeño out and discard. Note: same amount of jalapeño can infuse an entire bottle of tequila, which will keep indefinitely; the infusion will take a little longer but taste often to gauge heat level.

          Simple Syrup
          Combine sugar & water in small saucepan. Warm to form simple syrup, swirling pan to dissolve sugar. Chill before using to make cocktail. (Extra syrup will keep indefinitely in the refrigerator.)

          Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the infused tequila, mezcal, lime juice, simple syrup & cucumber. Shake quite vigorously in order to partially break down the cucumber and release its flavor into the drink. Dump all contents of shaker into a rocks glass. No garnish necessary.

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          1. re: GramercyTavern
            Angelina Jul 2, 2012 08:37 AM

            Wow...Thank you EVER so much Gramercy Tavern! I am STILL talking about that cocktail days later!! :) That is how good it was!

            Can I ask you what brand of tequila you infused? Thank you again! Now if I could only duplicate that monkfish I had.......:)

            1. re: Angelina
              GramercyTavern Jul 2, 2012 09:17 AM

              Thank you! Everyone here is proud to hear that you are still thinking of the cocktail. So glad you enjoyed it! We use Herradura Blanco tequila in the Mezcaliente.

              We are still putting the finishing touches on a home version of the Monkfish recipe, but we would be happy to share the recipe once we have it.

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