Drinko de Mayo

Ok.  It’s May 5th.  Technically not a holiday, but we here in the US have made it one.  An excuse to eat guacamole and drink tequila unabashedly.  Below are a couple of our favorite cocktails to try today.  Salud!

Mezcal Buzz from The Canon Cocktail Book

1 1/2 ounces of mezcal
1/2 ounce ginger syrup
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
2 dashes lime bitters
1 large egg white
3 ounces ginger beer
lime wedge or twist as garnish
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the mezcal,
ginger syrup, lime juice, bitters and egg white.
Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled fizz glass.
Top with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wedge or twist.

Photo: The Canon Cocktail Book

Salt Air Margarita from José Andrés’ Minibar

1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 1/2 ounces blanco tequila
Ice
1 ounce Cointreau or other triple sec
SALT AIR
4 ounces water
2 ounces fresh lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoons Sucro
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the tequila,
Cointreau and lime juice and shake well.
Strain into a chilled coupe.
MAKE THE SALT AIR:
Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
Using an immersion blender, mix until bubbles form.
Carefully spoon on top of the drink.

Photo: Food and Wine Magazine