Hora de Verano Hi-Ball

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.


* 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.


Dalton and Wade Whiskey Common grew out of a weekly movie night enjoyed between friends. Serving "comfort food with a bit of polish," no cocktail on the menu costs more than $9.


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