Signature Drink : Bells of Jalisco

The hunt for the latest/greatest signature drink continues . . . not just for weddings, but for entertaining chez nous. I’ve been on a tequila kick for quite some time and love this libation I came across in our very own Charleston Magazine. Featuring the mixology of Mickey Moran, the Belmont is the new watering hole in town and I can’t wait to try it out when I’m beeb-in-the-belly-free here this summer. Doesn’t this look so refreshing?

Here ’tis if you want to sample yourself . . .

The Bells of Jalisco

(Serves 1)
2 oz. reposado tequila
1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 oz. jalapeño honey
1/4 oz. mezcal, such as Sombra
Cayenne pepper-pickled green bean, such as Rick’s Picks, for garnish

Add tequila, lime juice, and honey to an ice-filled shaker. Add mezcal to cocktail glass, fill with ice, then add four to five ounces of water. Set aside. Shake tequila mixture, then pour mezcal and ice out of glass. Strain tequila mixture into glass. Garnish with green bean.

Jalapeno Honey
(Yields approx. 8 ounces)
4-5 jalapeños, sliced into 1/4-inch slices
8 oz. honey
2 oz. tequila
Muddle or smash jalapeños, then combine in a medium bowl with honey and tequila. Store covered in refrigerator for two to three days, then pour mixture through a fine strainer into a bottle or jar with lid. Store any leftover honey in refrigerator.