Mixology Monday: Clock Water and Smoke

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It would seem only the Mixology Monday event is of critical enough importance to inspire me to update this blog. And here we are again, addressing this month’s theme: smoke. The parameters of submission are generously wide; just incorporate smoke into your concoction in some way. Literally, with a smoker, or use a smoky-tasting ingredient such as Islay Scotch or mezcal. I decided to offer up a drink that was inspired by my three-year-old son’s announcement that his favorite things to eat are “clock water” and smoke. He’s a profound mystic. I wanted to combine smoke and spiciness in a tequila drink and did so using mezcal and habanero shrub. I’m very pleased with the results. And here is a requisite link back to the Stir and Strain site.

Clock Water and Smoke ✯✯✯✯✯
1 1/2 oz silver 100% agave tequila
1/2 oz Gran Classico
1/3 oz Creme Yvette
3/4 oz lime juice
1/3 oz agave syrup
1/2 tsp Del Maguey mezcal
12 drops Hellfire Habanero Shrub

Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Blackberry garnish.