El Pepe

Shelley Lindgren, A16 Rockridge | Oakland, CA

Although A16’s El Pepe looks innocent in a glass, it’s delightfully complex. Built on a similar structure as a Margarita except with a base of smoky mezcal and herbaceous Dolin Génépy in place of tequila and Cointreau, El Pepe wields an unexpected layer complexity.

Ingredients

Serving: 1

  • 1 ounce mezcal (preferably Del Maguey Vida)
  • 1/2 ounce Dolin Génépy
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup (1:1, sugar:water)
  • 2 leaves basil
  • 1 slice fresno pepper, thin
  • 4 dashes Angostura bitters

Garnish: basil leaf

Directions
  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain over a large rock into a rocks glass.
  4. Garnish with a basil leaf.
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