The beautiful thing about shrubs is that there are only two rules: something sweet and something acidic. Typically some variety of sugar does the heavy lifting, but here maple syrup offers a perfect hit of character and complexity. And although the beets maybe seem like an odd or unnecessary addition, they actually keep the sweetness in check with a welcome earthiness, and the shrub makes a fantastic mixer in this riff on a Margarita.
- 1 3/4 oz Mezcal
- 3/4 oz Maple beet shrub
- 1/4 Lime juice, plus lime wheel for garnish
- 1 tbsp Maple syrup
- 1 tsp Kosher salt
- 1 tsp Freshly cracked pepper
- Garnish: Lime wheel
Add the mezcal, maple beet shrub, lime juice and ice to a cocktail shaker and shake well.
On one plate, pour the maple syrup. On another plate, mix the salt and pepper. Dip the rocks glass in the maple syrup and gently shake to remove excess before dipping into the salt and pepper mixture.
Strain the drink into the prepared glass, and garnish with a lime wheel.