Recipe Friday: The Ashes to Ashes Cocktail from Taco Guild

Marilyn HawkesOctober 2019
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For those looking for a fun Day of the Dead cocktail, the folks at Taco Guild have rustled one up for Desert Digest readers.

Luke Detraz, Taco Guild’s beverage & brand director, says while any mezcal will work, he prefers El Silencio because of its level of smokiness. “It’s a happy medium where it’s not overbearing, but has enough flavor to taste through the (rest of) the cocktail.”

The garnish is inspired by leftovers, in this case, dehydrated limes and charred corn husks, he says.

If you want to check out the drink in person, Taco Guild will feature Ashes to Ashes and other Day of the Dead cocktails Oct. 28 through Nov. 2.

Ashes to Ashes

1.75 oz. El Silencio Espadin Mezcal
.5 oz. Heirloom Pineapple Amaro
.75 oz. lime juice
.5 oz. vegetable ash syrup
Black salt (rub lime on glass, then roll in salt)
Dried lime
Charred corn husk

Shake and strain the above ingredients. Garnish with the last three items.

Vegetable Ash Syrup
“We take scraps that would normally be thrown away in the kitchen to create an earthy and smoky flavor in the drink,” Detraz says. “We stick to a heavy mix of onion scraps, some corn silk and herbs.” To make, dry out the scraps and then burn the ingredients until they are completely black. Then, run through a food processor to give it a coarse texture. To make syrup, take one cup sugar and one cup water and heat it on the stove, then add 2 tablespoons of the ash and let sit for 30 minutes.

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