Spice and Smoke

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 55 min (includes infusing time)
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 1 drink
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1 jalapeño pepper, quartered, plus 3 slices for garnish (2 jalapeños)

1/2 cup sugar 

2 ounces mezcal 

3 ounces grapefruit juice 

3 ounces club soda 


  1. Combine the jalapeño quarters, sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer for 2 minutes. Set aside to infuse for about 45 minutes, depending on how spicy you want the syrup. Strain and discard the jalapeños.
  2. In a tall glass filled with ice, combine the mezcal, grapefruit juice and 1 ounce of the jalapeño syrup. Top off with the club soda. Give the drink a quick stir, then drop in the jalapeño slices and serve with a straw.

Cook’s Note

Refrigerate the extra jalapeño syrup in an airtight container and save for another use.