For chef Mike Brown, the smokier the cocktail, the better. 

By F&W Editors
Updated May 23, 2017
Mezcal Cocktail: Cucumber, Salt & Smoke

After a night on the line, most chefs have a go-to drink, from cheap beer to a house bartender's expert cocktail. Here, star chefs reveal their favorite drinks.

Chef Mike Brown of Minnesota's avant-garde Travail Kitchen & Amusements prefers a category of cocktails he describes as "tequila-mezcal situations." To qualify as one, the drink must contain tequila and/or mezcal, a citrus element and bitters. One of these cocktails will "typically get whatever name the bartender gave it, something random like Russ’s Kneebone," Brown says. "The smokiness, oh my God! Mezcal really gets me going." The Cucumber, Salt & Smoke, a smoky and herbaceous mezcal-spiked Pisco Sour update, would definitely fit the bill.