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  1. TreeCutterDoug at |

    I’ve always preferred a *good* mezcal, over almost any tequila… The smokey notes are enchanting, and far more approachable than Scotch.
    I do love a Mexican Firing Squad (thanks for the tip on pomegranate molasses!!!), and I am definitely looking forward to trying the ‘Con Pepino. Along the lines of of that; a slightly spicy coctail… Have you tried a jalapeno/basil margarita?
    I totally cheat, and just use a 1:4 ratio of mezcal and Simply Limeade™, spank about 6 leaves of basil (ya gotta spank yer herbs), and one to three, thinly sliced jalapeno wheels. Shake and serve in a pint glass.
    It starts with a wonderful “green” flavor, that builds a warmth as you sip it. If you get bit with the heat at the end, then you’re drinking too slowly. The smokiness of mezcal, definitely adds to the depth of the drink. A favorite in the midsummer, for sure.

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  2. Jason Silverman at |

    Pomegranate molasses is an incredible flavor. Great advice to make your own! I usually found it at Kalustyans on Lexington and 29th when I was still in NY!

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    1. Mezcal PhD at |

      Thanks Jay. It is so easy to make and oh so good! Let me know when you are back in NYC…..

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  3. Sam at |

    Divine Firing Squad – we fell in love with Mezcal in Oaxaca about a month ago. I blended a birds eye chilli first, used your recipe and also added a generous spoonful of lemonade and pear marmalade, as well as some pomegranate liqueur – delish!

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    1. Mezcal PhD at |

      That sounds damn good!

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  4. Smoking Hot – The Mezcal Cabinet at |

    […] of the classic cucumber margarita are sure to enjoy its smoky twin, once deemed one of the “two greatest mezcal cocktails known to mankind” by mezcal blogger MezcalPhd. I remember the first time I had cucumber in a cocktail–a […]

  5. Kristen at |

    Just made my umpteenth Mexican Firing Squad but rimmed half the glass with Sriracha salt….yum!!! I’ve also muddled fresh jalapeño slices in the shaker before mixing and yum again! Great way to enjoy Mezcal. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Mezcal PhD at |

      Glad you like it and I like your additions to the recipe! I have about 40 cocktail recipes in the my new book that you may also enjoy!! Thanks for reading!

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  6. Pasha at |

    Stumbled upon this quite late, but it’s never too late for a good drink, right? Both your listed drinks are delicious. Another great one is The Nefertiti:
    1 part mezcal
    1 part Royal Combier
    3/4 part lemon juice
    3/4 part Rothman & Winter cherry liqueur. (I use Cherry Herring when I don’t have the R&W)
    Insanely delicious. Cheers

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    1. Mezcal PhD at |

      Thanks for this. Sounds yummy! Wonder if Luxardo Maraschino would work instead of R&W (as I have that at home)? Thanks for the contribution!!

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      1. blaise at |

        You’d want a sweetened cherry brandy / liqueur, not a maraschino liqueur, for the above recipe. Cherry juice + sugar (made into a simple) would do a similar trick.

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        1. Mezcal PhD at |

          Will try it. Thanks!

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  7. Jason C at |

    Is this your own recipe? They don’t make it with agave syrup at the Andaz.

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    1. Mezcal PhD at |

      I should have said “inspired by the Andaz”. I had to figure out the proportions myself, and I usually use agave nectar as my sweetener…

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      1. Jason C at |

        Cool, thanks for the response. They apparently use:

        2oz Herradura Tequila
        1oz Lime Juice
        1oz Pomegranate Molasses
        3 Dashes of Bitters

        A traditional Mexican Firing Squad calls for only 3/4 oz of the lime and 3/4 oz grenadine in place of the pom. molasses. It’s also topped with 1 oz of soda water and served in a Collins-like glass. I’m sure you’ve probably tried it, but if not, check out the Oaxaca Old Fashioned – that has a tiny bit of agave syrup in it.

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  8. DWP at |

    I have a serious original mescal recipe for you to feature. Email me.

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  9. Scott weinstein at |

    I’m drinking with you as we speak.

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    1. MezcalPhD at |

      Indeed you are! Great to meet you and share some Ilegal!

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