From GM Jessica Arnold and the bar team at Dove + Deer in Albany's historic Center Square. Lot 12 is a honeyed cocktail with the smokiness of mezcal and the kick of ginger. Garnish with a Tajin salt rim or candied ginger on a cocktail pick. Check out the cocktails and seasonal menu at Dove + Deer.
|1 oz honey simple syrup|
|2 oz mezcal|
|2 oz ginger beer|
|1/2 tsp lime juice (1/2 lime)|
|1 tsp Tajin chile salt (optional)|
1. Combine honey simple syrup, mezcal and lime juice in a tumbler with ice.
2. Shake for 15 seconds.
3. Pour into a coupe or over a large ice cube in a rocks glass. (Optional to rim the glass with Tajin salt. See notes.)
For the honey simple syrup, use equal parts (1:1) honey and water.
1/2 cup of each is usual but adjust according to the sweetness of your honey. Some very sweet honeys will be better at a 2:1 ratio of water to honey
1. Heat 1/2 cup water to a simmer. Remove from the stove.
2. Stir in 1/2 cup of honey and keep stirring until it has dissolved. (NOTE: It's better to mix in the honey off the heat so you don't reduce (thicken) the syrup by boiling off the water.)