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Cherry Mezcal Margarita

Makes: 1 cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2# fresh cherries, stemmed and pitted (can use jarred bing cherries if desired)
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • Smoked sea salt
  • ½ cup mezcal
  • 1 tbsp orange liqueur
  • Ice cubes
  • Dehydrated cherries for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss cherries with sugar on rimmed baking sheet and roast for about 10 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes. Place cherries and juices into a blender and puree. Strain through fine mesh strainer. Should yield 2 cups of puree enough for 10 cocktails.
  2. Rim rocks glass with water, dip in smoked salt. Combine mezcal, orange liqueur, and 3 tbsp sour cherry puree into a cocktail shaker filled ¾ with ice. Shake about 15 seconds.
  3. Strain into rocks glass filled with ice or one large cube. Garnish with dehydrated cherry.

To make 10 cocktails: combine 2 ½ cups mezcal, 1 ¾ cups cherry puree, ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp orange liqueur in a large pitcher filled with ice. Chill until ready to serve.

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