With a long week (month?) of holiday indulgence behind you, it’s time to kick off 2023 with a celebratory sip you can feel good about. Whether you plan on partaking in Dry January or prefer a mindful ethos all year long, you’ll love this green drink for a cleansing cocktail hour, with or without spirits. The Smoky Stalker uses Lillet Blanc and mezcal as its base, with the complementary vegetal notes of fresh market greens for a synergistic flavor profile.
The Smoky Stalker
Ingredients (serves 2)
2 celery stalks, washed, trimmed, and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 Persian cucumbers, peeled and cut into 1-inch slices
1 thin slice of serrano pepper, deseeded
1 small bunch cilantro, washed and chopped
1 1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 oz. simple syrup
1 1/2 oz. Ilegal Mezcal
4 oz. Lillet Blanc
1 cup ice
Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until well blended. Strain into a glass with fresh ice and enjoy with extra lime wedges and an optional salt rim.