Mezcal fills the mouth and nose with hints of smoke, while fresh serrano chiles tingle the tongue. The mouth slightly puckers from the combination of fresh lemon and hop bitterness. And then all is calmed by the crisp and refreshing carbonation of the beer.
Smoky and bitter with a hint of heat and slight tartness, this cocktail is both warming and refreshing. It will warm you up in the winter, and add a little kick to your routine in the summer. Smokin’ Hops is a perfect match for anything off the grill — especially smoked meats.
And beware, this drink will bite you.
- 1 oz. Mezcal
- 1 oz. lemon juice
- 1/4 oz. minced Serrano chiles*
- 1/2 oz. agave nectar
- 3 oz. West Coast IPA
In a shaker glass, muddle the serranos with the simple syrup. Add mezcal, lemon juice and ice. Shake and strain into a Collins glass over ice. Top with IPA. Garnish with lemon peel.
*For less heat, substitute with a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce.