Mezcal Paleta

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A spicy jalapeño shrub lends a little sweet heat to this tropical cooler.

2 oz. mezcal
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. passion fruit syrup
3 fresh cucumber wheels
2-3 dashes jalapeño shrub
Tools: shaker
Glass: rocks
Garnish: spiced rim (equal parts Old Bay seasoning, Tajin and sugar) and cucumber wheel

Combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Pour unstrained into an ice-filled glass and garnish.

Passion Fruit Syrup
1 part passion fruit purée
1 part elderflower liqueur
1 part fresh orange juice
3 parts simple syrup (1:1 )

Combine all ingredients in a jar, cover and shake to combine. Refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Jalepeño Shrub
1 whole diced jalepeño
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup rice vinegar

Combine the diced jalepeño and sugar in a glass container and refrigerate for 2 days. Add the vinegar, shake and let steep for 24 hours. Strain, and refrigerate for up to 1 month.

Anthony Schmidt, Fairweather, San Diego