Oaxacan Ice Water

Combining mezcal with citrus and agave nectar, this simple cocktail is as refreshing as it sounds.

1 1/2 oz. mezcal
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. agave nectar
2 dashes grapefruit bitters
Soda water
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: Old Fashioned
Garnish: lemon wheel dusted in chili salt (optional)

Combine ingredients with ice, except soda water, and shake hard. Strain into an ice-filled Old Fashioned glass and top with a splash of soda water. Garnish.

Aaron DeFeo, Hotel Congress, Tucson, AZ