Edit ModuleShow Tags

Cocktail Hour: Mezcal Moment

Tequila's smoky cousin takes center stage


Even in the hippest bars, mezcal cocktails were a rare find a few years ago. Compared with its cousin tequila, the agave-based spirit has an astringency and smokiness that turns some folks off. “If you don’t like smoke, mezcal’s probably not for you,” says Mark Broadfoot, beverage director at Galaxy Taco. When George’s at the Cove chef Trey Foshee opened Galaxy in mid-July, he tapped Broadfoot to come up with a mezcal- and tequila-centric cocktail menu. The result is one of the city’s more interesting mezcal collections and some tasty cocktails.

Tiki Sombrero at Galaxy Taco

You can’t go wrong with any mezcal cocktail here, but this one’s particularly nice and features Broadfoot’s house-made fruit sangrita, Hamilton black rum, agave nectar, and orgeat.

Paso Fino Paloma at Bracero

At chef Javier Plascencia’s new restaurant, the mezcal-based Paloma features hibiscus-infused Fino sherry. Also good is the Czech Yourself (mezcal, Becherovka, falernum, lime, pineapple, orgeat, cinnamon syrup and absinthe), with its hints of spice and anise.

Coney Island Freakshow at Panama 66

This bar in the sculpture garden of the San Diego Museum of Art comes up with a cocktail for every major exhibit. Inspired by Coney Island, this one’s made with chile de árbol–infused Aperol, mezcal, grapefruit juice, lemon, and agave syrup. A perfect balance of sweet, smoky, and spicy.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 120

Urban Solace preps for a huge revamp, a new speakeasy is opening on Convoy, and chef Amy DiBiase drops in

The Best Food & Drink Events in November and December

San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival Grand Tasting, Prisoner Wine Dinner, and Kettner Exchange/You & Yours/Catalina Offshore Dinner

Lady Bartenders Prove There’s Room for Beer in Cocktails

Amplified Ale Works’ beers help showcase the diversity of booze pairings
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Ten Pet Friendly Palm Springs Restaurants
    Ten Pet Friendly Palm Springs Restaurants
  2. Best of San Diego Party 2018
  3. A Sneak Peek at ‘The Heart of Rock & Roll’
    The Old Globe’s newest world-premiere musical promises a familiar soundtrack and all the good feels of an ’80s rom-com
  4. What San Diego Women Want
    53 working women share their compelling stories on navigating pay equity, the baby penalty, #MeToo, and more
  5. First Look: Lola 55
    A top restaurant industry strategist brings a chef-driven taco shop to the East Village
  6. Sushi’s Next Gen Is Here at Himitsu
    In La Jolla, a Sushi Ota protégé sticks to an age-old tradition of quality
Edit ModuleShow Tags


Vote Now for Your Orangetheory Winner!

Winners will be announced at our Sweat event on May 12

Not Your Grandma's Orthotics

New year, new – shoe? Staying on your feet for long hours at a time just got a whole lot more comfortable with Wiivv’s BASE custom insoles
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags


Ten Pet Friendly Palm Springs Restaurants

Ten Pet Friendly Palm Springs Restaurants

AquaVie: 10 Reasons It’s Downtown’s Best Kept Secret

The best workout and spa getaway around? It’s actually right underneath your nose.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags