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Thyme for Mezcal

Photo: John Lee; Styling: Karen Shinto
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We unearthed our shakers to create the spring fling cocktail--Thyme for Mezcal. LIke tequila, mezcal is made from agave, except the plant is roasted in a tone-lined pit, resulting in an overt smokiness to the drink.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 8 thyme sprigs, plus more for garnish
  • 2 ounces mezcal (moderately smoky)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • Lemon twist

How to Make It

  1. Make thyme-flavored simple syrup: Microwave 1/4 cup water, sugar, and 8 thyme sprigs, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved; chill at least 2 hours, then discard thyme.

  2. Put a handful of ice in a cocktail shaker and add mezcal, lemon juice, liqueur, and 1 tbsp. thyme-flavored simple syrup. Shake and strain into a martini glass or a coupe. Garnish with a lemon twist and a thyme sprig.