Don’t Judge Me Mondays: The Bonfire
When we went out for Mother’s Day brunch last month, I ordered a cocktail with mezcal and I was reminded how much I enjoy it! Mezcal is tequila’s smokier cousin, also made with agave. I wanted to make a cocktail at home that was more than the typical lime juice and soda. That made me think about strong flavors that would stand up to the smokiness of mezcal. Passionfruit was the perfect match.
Let’s get to it!
Start by mixing the passionfruit purée and lime juice with the honey in a small bowl. Stir that until the honey is just dissolved. You’ll want to taste for sweetness. The passionfruit is pretty tart, so you may have to adjust to your liking by adding more honey. As my dad always says, “You can always add, but can never take away.”
Now prepare your glass. Run the lime wedge around the rim of your glass and then dip it into a plate of coarse salt. We had some rsmoked sea salt from a Christmas gift that was perfect for this!
Next you’ll fill your glass with ice (I always forget and start doing this before I’ve salted the rim, someday I’ll learn.).
Now pour half of the passionfruit mixture and mezcal into the glass.
Pour in the remaining passionfruit mix and stir. I didn’t add a garnish to this because the color the passionfruit is already so pretty. Use a clear glass if you have one, the color really makes me think of the sun-filled days of summer. That’s how we came up with the name, the smoky mezcal and passionfruit are the perfect representation of summer bonfires on the beach.
- 1/2 cup passionfruit puree
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 1/2 ounces mezcal
- 1 lime wedge for rim
- Coarse salt for rim
- Mix passionfruit purée, lime juice, and honey in a small bowl. Stir until honey is dissolved. Taste for sweetness.
- Run the lime wedge around rim of glass and dip it into a plate of coarse salt.
- Fill glass with ice.
- Pour half of passionfruit mixture and mezcal in. Add remaining passionfruit mix and stir.