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We’ve been making all kinds of cocktails around here lately. That’s not a new thing, but with the Super Bowl having just passed in addition to my recent trip to Orange Beach, AL (so fun!), I’ve had more opportunities than normal for some fun cocktail creation!
My newest obsession is mezcal so I knew I’d be taking advantage of its smoky flavor. I also had a bag of fresh ruby red grapefruit – which goes so well with mezcal – and I wanted to use a few of those, too. Fresh grapefruit juice is so much better than bottled so I always take the extra step to juice a few for all our cocktails. And I always keep 7UP on hand since it’s always perfect to top off any number of cocktails. I’ll often mix it with vodka and a little fresh juice; I love the sweetness it adds as well as the bit of carbonation.
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As I mentioned, I use 7UP in so many cocktail recipes. Most of the time I’ll add it to a punch or sangria but even when I’m making a cocktail just for myself, it’s the perfect mixer to have on-hand. It’s even great in baking and marinade recipes! #7WaysTo7UP
7UP comes in cherry flavor, too, which is a fun cocktail twist! As I’ve talked about many, many times, I love having friends over and putting a “help yourself bar” out so people can not only make drinks for themselves but also get creative! I usually put out vodka, gin, tequila and mezcal (sometimes a bottle of rum if I have it). Definitely some 7UP (both regular and cherry flavors), tonic water, seltzer, loads of limes and a few lemons, bitters, a few juices (always squeeze them fresh!) as well as some beer and wine. And you know me, the spice fiend! Which means there is always some fresh peppers to drop in, too.
This particular cocktail has a shot of mezcal, a little fresh grapefruit juice and some 7UP to top it off. A little a squeeze of lime brings it all together, plus I like to add a slice of jalapeno for a tiny bit of spice. Add more or less lime, juice or 7UP according to taste. In any case, I know you’re going to love this one!
- 2 ounces Mezcal
- 4 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
- 2 ounces 7UP
- 1 lime wedge (plus an extra for rim, if desired)
- 1 jalapeno slice (optional)
- Salt for rim (mix it with a little ancho chile powder, if desired)
- Run the side of the lime wedge along half the side of a highball glass at the very top (see picture). Press into salt until it adheres to the glass.
- Fill glass with ice. Add mezcal, grapefruit juice and 7UP to glass. Squeeze in the juice of the lime wedge and drop in jalapeno slice, if desired.