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Loaded Pistol

Image: Arlene Ibarra

This cocktail by Erick Castro, the co-founder of San Diego’s Polite Provisions, uses grasshopper salt as a rim.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Infused Salts Are the Next Big Cocktail Ingredients.”


  • 1 1/2 ounce mezcal
  • 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce Strega
  • 1 dash grapefruit bitters
  • Garnish: grasshopper salt*


  1. Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir for 30 seconds.

  2. Strain into double Old Fashioned glass over a large ice cube.

  3. Garnish with sprinkle of grasshopper salt.

  4. *Grasshopper salt: In a blender, add 1/2 cup flaky sea salt and 2 tsp dehydrated grasshoppers. Set blender to pulse and blend for 7-12 seconds or until grasshoppers and salt are well-mixed. Store and seal grasshopper salt in airtight container.