By Marcus Samuelsson | March 4, 2011

When the first green shoots of spring break through frozen soil, I like to break out a crate of strawberries and a bottle of mezcal for a refreshing cocktail. Tequila’s bad boy cousin mezcal brings a smoky, savory element to this drink that works well with tart, fruity strawberries. Sip it while filling out March Madness brackets or starting a new gardening project.

  • 2 oz mezcal
  • 2 oz strawberry puree, recipe follows
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz Campari
  • sprig of mint, to garnish
For Strawberry Puree
  • 1 pint of strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water


To Make Strawberry Puree:

In a medium pot, dissolve sugar in water over medium heat. Add the strawberries and mix to completely coat the strawberries in the syrup. Puree the strawberries and syrup in a blender.

To Make Cocktail:

In a cocktail shaker, combine mezcal, strawberry puree, lime juice, and Campari with enough ice to fill the shaker. Shake well and strain into a low-ball glass filled with ice. Garnish with mint.

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