London Debt {a lemongrass mezcal cocktail}

Sometimes an idea strikes and I know it’s going to be a great one. Like that time I made fig infused bourbon. Or the time I taught my kid how to make cookies. Or the time I made this lemongrass mezcal cocktail.

London Debt {a lemongrass mezcal cocktail with cilantro}

My brilliant idea started out with a some leftover stalks of lemongrass. Rather than let them sit in the fridge for who knows how long, I grabbed the nearest bottle of mezcal and started an infusion. Something was telling me the smokiness of the mezcal would be wonderful with the citrusy notes of the lemongrass. A week later, it turned out I was correct. The lemongrass infused mezcal was delicious.

lemongrass mezcal cocktail

The next step of course, was coming up with a lemongrass mezcal cocktail recipe. I wanted to do a play on a margarita with the addition of cilantro, the husband suggested adding in a bit of gin for the botanical notes. As usual, his suggestion was a good one.

lemongrass mezcal cocktail with lemongrass infused mezcal

London Debt
Serves: 1
  • 10-12 springs cilantro
  • 1 ounce lemongrass infused mezcal*
  • ¾ ounce London Dry Gin (I used Tanqueray)
  • ½ ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce agave nectar
  • Cilantro sprig for garnish
  1. Add all ingredients except garnish to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice.
  2. Shake and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with a sprig of cilantro.
  4. *To make the lemongrass infused mezcal remove the outer layers from 5 stalks of lemongrass and cut into 1 inch pieces. Put lemongrass pieces in a mason jar and fill with 1-750ml bottle of mezcal. Let sit for 5 to 7 days, giving the jar a little shake each day. After the 5th day, start tasting - once it has the bright citrusy flavor of the lemongrass, strain the lemongrass and transfer the infused mezcal to a glass bottle and use as desired.

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Jessica Torres is the chief cocktail creator here at One Martini. Outside of the internet, she works at DEATH & TAXES (a bar) and midtown eats (a restaurant) in Reno, Nevada. When not working, Jessica can be found working out, spending time with her family or attempting to nap. Subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest cocktail creations delivered directly to your inbox.
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