Recipe courtesy bartender Mike Jones, Sable Kitchen & Bar, Chicago

“This is a light and refreshing beer cocktail (reminiscent of a shandy) inspired by a classic Moscow Mule,” Jones explains. “The smokiness of the mezcal is balanced by the honey, while the cucumbers add a refreshing balance to the ginger.”

  • 3 cucumber slices
  • 1 ounce Del Maguey Mezcal Vida
  • 1 ounce Corralejo Reposado Tequila
  • ¾ ounce ginger syrup (such as The Ginger People Organic Ginger Syrup)
  • ½ ounce honey syrup (stir together 2 parts honey to 1 part hot water)
  • ¾ ounce lime juice
  • Miller High Life beer
  • Cucumber ribbon, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cucumber slices. Add mezcal, Tequila, ginger and honey syrups, lime juice and ice. Shake well, and strain into a pilsner glass over fresh ice. Top with beer. Garnish with cucumber ribbon.

Published on June 9, 2016
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of Shake.Stir.Sip.: 40 Effortless Cocktails Made In Equal Parts (Chronicle Books, 2016) as well as ROAD SODA: Recipes and techniques for making great cocktails, anywhere (Dovetail Press, 2017). Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net

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