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The Divination from Matilda Midnight

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Matilda MidnightTarragon syrup helps draw out the earthy tones of tequila and mezcal in this cocktail from Matilda Midnight.

1½ oz. reposado tequila
½ oz. yellow Chartreuse
1 oz. pineapple juice
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
½ oz. tarragon simple syrup
¼ oz. mezcal, to float
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: Collins
Garnish: tarragon sprigs, pineapple, cracks of pink and black peppercorn

Add all of the ingredients to a shaker, except the mezcal. Add ice and shake. Strain into a Collins glass. Add ice and a float of mezcal. Garnish.

Tarragon Simple Syrup
½ cup sugar
½ cup hot water
⅛ cup fresh tarragon

In a saucepan, bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Lower heat to simmer, and add the sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the thyme. Let simmer for 15 minutes. Strain into a container. Let cool before refrigerating.

Monica Penn, Matilda Midnight, Chattanooga, Tennessee

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