Deep South Cocktail

deep southSweet peaches infused with earthy, smoky mezcal add a summery spin to this whiskey sour from Houston bartender Sean Beck.

1¾ oz rye whiskey
3 dashes peach bitters
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. mezcal peach syrup

Tools: shaker, fine strainer
Glass: Old Fashioned
Garnish: lemon slice, peach slice

In a shaker, combine all ingredients with ice and shake well. Fine strain into an Old Fashioned glass over a large ice cube and garnish with the lemon and peach slices.

Mezcal Peach Syrup
2 ripe peaches
2 oz. mezcal (Beck uses Del Maguey Vida)
3 oz. light agave nectar or simple syrup (1:1)
4 oz. peach nectar (such as Kern’s or Jumex)

Remove pits and cut the peaches into half-inch cubes. Pour the mezcal into a saucepan and carefully burn off some of the alcohol (takes about 1 minute). Add the peaches and the simple syrup or agave nectar. (For extra spice, an optional ¼ teaspoon of chili powder can be added). Bring to a boil over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, then reduce to a simmer for another 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Add the mixture to a blender and purée with the peach nectar until smooth. Keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.  Makes about 12 oz. 

 Sean Beck, Hugo’s, Houston