Behind the Scenes: Making Mezcal Cocktails

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In our May issue, we explore tequila's rival sibling, mezcal, a smoky, slow-roasted, double-distilled liquor also made from the agave plant. We tasted tons of mezcal cocktails from the country's best bartenders and adapted two favorites--plus created one of our own! Go behind the scenes and explore our mezcal cocktail-making process. Then, get our fabulous cocktail recipe that was the result of one tasty testing session. ¡Salud!

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Test Kitchen Associate, Charles Grayauskie and Test Kitchen Director, Janet McCracken doing some delicious research.

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Lots of different ingredients go into making the perfect cocktail! The green Vida bottle (left) is actually many bartenders' go-to mezcal: easy to find across the country and very easy to drink.

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 Pouring up Old Major's La Rosa Bonita

smokin dog

From our test kitchen, The Smokin' Dog--our own riff on the Greyhound!

6 oz. fresh grapefruit juice (pink or yellow)

1 oz. mezcal

Splash of club soda

1 grapefruit twist

Fill a rocks glass with ice, then add grapefruit juice and mezcal. Stir to blend; top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with the grapefruit twist. Makes 1.