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Cream of the Crop

Cream of the Crop cocktail
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Mezcal and pistachios whisper sweet nothings in this cocktail from Dirty Habit in San Francisco.


  • 1 ounce Del Maguey Vida mezcal
  • 1 ounce King’s ginger liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce coconut-pistachio puree*
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • Garnish: candied ginger
  • Garnish: espelette pepper


  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.

  2. Strain into a highball glass over fresh ice.

  3. Garnish with a piece of candied ginger and an espelette pepper.

*Coconut-pistachio puree: Toast 1 cup pistachios, shelled, in an oven preheated to 250 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool, then add to a food processor with 3 cups granulated white sugar and pulse until pistachios are finely chopped and mixture is combined. Add pistachio-sugar mixture to a pot with 2 1/2 tablespoons coconut milk, 1 1/2 cups water and 1 tsp salt, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, then remove from heat, let cool, and place in a large container. Refrigerate overnight. Strain, keeping the solids. Spin the solids in an ice cream maker and strain the puree with a chinois. Will keep, refrigerated, for up to two weeks.