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Mango-Mezcal Paloma

  • SERVINGS: makes 1 drink

Mixologists like Sean Beck at Houston's Backstreet Café are enamored with small-batch mezcals for the alluring smokiness they add to cocktails, as in Beck's riff on the paloma, a popular Mexican refresher.

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  1. Ice
  2. 1 1/2 ounces mezcal
  3. 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  4. 6 ounces mango soda, preferably R.W. Knudsen (available at Whole Foods)
  5. Small pinch pure chili powder
  6. 1 teaspoon coarsely chopped cilantro (optional)
  1. Fill a shaker halfway with ice. Add the mezcal, lime juice, mango soda and chili powder. Stir and strain into an ice-filled collins glass. Stir in the cilantro.