Strawberry Mezcal Cocktail for Valentine’s Day

Strawberry Mezcal Cocktail for Valentine's Day

Not sure I’ve mentioned it on SLC before, but I love me some mezcal. I thought that was a given for anyone who liked tequila, but turns out I know lots of folks that love tequila and hate mezcal. I think the smokiness of it may be an acquired taste. And this gal has it.

Strawberry Mezcal Cocktail for Valentine's Day

One of my favorite ways to drink mezcal is of course to pair it with it’s agave-made sister, tequila. And because of the smokiness of mezcal, I also love adding hints of freshness via herbs or notes of sweetness via fruits.

Strawberry Mezcal Cocktail for Valentine's Day

With Valentine’s Day coming up next week, I decided to make some strawberry simple syrup to mix in with the mezcal and my goodness was that a good idea.

Strawberry Mezcal Cocktail for Valentine's Day

I make simple syrups of all sorts like a mad woman. It’s just so simple to do (pun intended!) and can be added to countless different recipes and creations, giving anything a perfect touch of fresh flavor.

Strawberry Mezcal Cocktail for Valentine's Day

Strawberry Mezcal Cocktail for Valentine’s Day

This cocktail isn’t too sweet or too smoky, yet both the mezcal and strawberry are prominent. I also love the touch of club soda giving the drink the perfect bit of bubbles.


Servings: 2

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. Strawberry simple syrup
    • 2 lbs strawberries
    • 4 cups water
    • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1.5 oz. mezcal
  • 2 oz. tequila
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 6 oz. club soda

Directions:

Strawberry Simple Syrup:

Rinse berries, cut off the stem and slice each into fours. Place the strawberries into a medium-sized pot/saucepan and cover them with water. Bring to a boil, then allow to simmer on medium heat for about 20 minutes or until the strawberries have lost most of their red color and become white.

Strain the strawberry liquid into another pot, but be sure to not press down on the berries, which cause mush to get through into the liquid. Discard the berries. Add 2 cups of white sugar to the liquid and bring back to a boil, continuously stirring to dissolve the sugar. Then let simmer for another 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and cool completely. Then pour into a glass container with a seal, which will keep the syrup good for about 5ish weeks.

Cocktail:

In a cocktail shaker mix ice cubes and all ingredients, except the club soda. Pour evenly into two glasses with a square ice cube or a few regular ice cubes. Top off with 3 ounces of club soda each and give both glasses a little stir. Garnish with a strawberry.

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