Gunmetal Fix

Mary Palac, Paper Plane | San Jose, CA

“Mezcal was always seen as a smoke bomb and a really aggressive flavor,” says Mary Palac, “and every time you see it in a drink it’s usually in a spicy Margarita; I wanted to try something a little more delicate.” Inspired by Dick Bradsell’s modern classic, the Bramble, Palac achieves a similarly craveable combination of agave spirit, lemon juice and pineapple gum syrup. It’s topped with a float of violet liqueur, which gives it the gunmetal-gray appearance that inspired the name. “I remember smelling the mezcal and thinking immediately of flowers, so I tried it with the violet [liqueur],” she says.


Serving: 1

  • 1 3/4 ounces mezcal, preferably Del Maguey Vida
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce pineapple gum syrup, preferably Small Hand Foods
  • 2 dashes rhubarb bitters, preferably Fee Brothers
  • 1/2 ounce Bitter Truth Violet Liqueur

Garnish: lemon wheel

  1. Combine all ingredients, except violet liqueur, in a double rocks glass over crushed ice.
  2. Stir to integrate.
  3. Top with violet liqueur.
  4. Garnish with lemon wheel.

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