© Christina Holmes
- ACTIVE: 15 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 15 MIN
- SERVINGS: 8
As America's barbecue obsession grows, people are looking for smokiness even in cocktails. This mezcal drink is a riff on the gin-based Salty Dog.
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- 10 ounces mezcal
- 10 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
- 8 ounces St-Germain elderflower liqueur
- 4 ounces fresh lime juice
- 2 ounces light agave nectar
- 3 tablespoons pink peppercorns, finely ground, plus 1/3 cup of superfine sugar
- 1 small lime wedge
- In a pitcher, combine the mezcal, grapefruit juice, elderflower liqueur, lime juice and agave; stir well. Refrigerate until chilled, 1 hour.
- Spread the peppercorn sugar on a small plate. Moisten the outer rim of each of 8 martini glasses or coupes with the lime wedge and coat lightly with the peppercorn sugar.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Working in batches and adding fresh ice, shake well and strain the drink into the prepared martini glasses.