While they started as a whiskey drink, highball cocktails have become more inclusive with time.
This recipe uses mezcal -- tequila's smokier cousin -- combined with a Fresno chili pepper to add a little bit of (Minnesota-level) spice. The result is a complex and full-bodied cocktail that still reads as mild on the palate.
- 1 oz Matchetazo Mezcal
- ½ oz Fresno Simple Syrup *
- Club Soda
* To make Fresno Simple Syrup: combine 2 cups of sugar, 1 cup of water, and 1 crushed Fresno chili pepper in a saucepan; heat until sugar dissolves. Steep for 20 minutes (or longer for a spicier flavor), then remove pepper.
Add all ingredients to a high ball glass filled with ice, and top with club soda. Garnish with a grapefruit peel.
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