Mezcaliente Cocktail @ Gramercy Tavern (NYC) ? Trying to re-create!
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!! :)
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)
1 fresh jalapeño
1 c. tequila (silver/blanco)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.