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Smoke on the Water

Smoke on the Water cocktail
Image: / Tim Nusog

This cocktail from Carlos Perez at Chicago’s Nellcote is simultaneously elegant and ready to blaze.


  • 1 1/2 ounces Banhez Mezcal Artesanal
  • 3/4 ounce Cointreau
  • 1/2 ounce hibiscus simple syrup
  • 1 ounce watermelon juice, freshly pressed
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice freshly squeezed
  • Garnish: flaming rosemary sprig


  1. Soak a fresh rosemary sprig upside down with 100-proof alcohol for five minutes.

  2. Add all of the ingredients to a shaker with ice, and shake until chilled.

  3. Strain into a rocks glass.

  4. Place the prepared sprig upright in the rocks glass, and light immediately before serving. Extinguish before drinking.