Orange Maria Brunch Cocktail

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At NIDO Kitchen and Bar in Oakland, California, the bar staff gets creative with the brunch menu, going beyond your typical Bloody Mary and Michelada options. Instead, they offer three fresh juice choices—a classic tomato red, tomatillo green or carrot-orange, spiked with the guest’s choice of base spirit or beer. This combo below, simply called “orange,” has a mix of fresh flavors sure to slay the cruelest hangover. The staff opts for Mezcal Vago Elote as the base spirit because the smoke and honey flavors from the mezcal perfectly complement the fresh carrot juice and ginger spice.

2 oz. mezcal
Fresh carrot juice
Ginger beer
Fresh orange juice
Tools: barspoon
Glass: Collins
Garnish: crispy pork rind, lime wheel, ginger wheel

Fill a Collins glass with ice and add the mezcal. Fill the glass about 3/4 of the way with carrot juice. Top with ginger beer and a splash of orange juice and stir to combine. Garnish.

NIDO Kitchen and Bar, Oakland, California