Signature
Matthew Kelly/Supercall

Mezcal • Sweet
Pumpkin Mezcal Margarita

Johnny Swet, owner of JIMMY at the James in New York, took inspiration from pumpkin’s savory side when he created this autumnal take on a Margarita. In Mexico, pumpkin is an everyday food, often roasted and served with mole. The cocktail’s smoky mezcal invokes that char, while the cinnamon syrup echos mole sauce’s sweet richness. Swet recommends this cocktail to mezcal newbies looking for a way in. The drink’s approachable, balanced flavors will ease mezcal neophytes into exploring the earthy spirit.

The Essentials

Mezcal
Pumpkin Butter
Cinnamon Syrup
Shaker
The Details
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Ingredients

1.5 oz Mezcal
2 Bar Spoons Pumpkin Butter
.5 oz Cinnamon Syrup
.5 oz Lime Juice
salt, for rim
Orange twist

Method

  • Wet the rim of a rocks glass with a lime wedge, then roll the rim in salt to create a salted rim.
  • Add the mezcal, lime juice, cinnamon syrup and pumpkin butter to a shaker tin.
  • Shake with ice, then strain into the salt-rimmed glass and garnish with an orange twist.
intermediate
Strength:
Cinnamon Syrup
Custom Ingredient

Ingredients

2 cinnamon sticks
.5 Cup water
1 Cup sugar

Method

  • Bring sugar and water to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add cinnamon sticks and remove from heat. Steep cinnamon sticks until cool, then strain.