The Humoso Cocktail

Why do short weeks sometimes seem so long??  One of the many mysteries of the world.  Regardless, this Fiesta Friday I am definitely going to need a cocktail, and one that’s not too complicated.  As much as I love my margaritas, juicing dozens of limes just isn’t in the cards.  Now is when I turn to my version of the famous Mexican cocktail the Paloma, usually made with grapefruit juice and tequila.  I like to use a smoky mezcal instead of tequila, which is why I am calling this the Humoso which means smoky.  Patrick and I recently discovered El Buho Mezcal and cannot get enough of it – it has the perfect amount of smokiness that doesn’t overpower the sharp agave flavor of the liquor.  If you live in DC, the folks at Batch 13 on 14th Street NW turned us on to it.  I matched the mezcal with grapefruit soda instead of juice because bubbles are always more fun.  In keeping with the short and sweet theme here – no recipe required.  Just add a shot of mezcal to ice and top with grapefruit soda.  I also added a smoky salt rim with my favorite chipotle chili salt by the Chili Lab – the extra 10 seconds are worth it.  Bottoms up!

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