The awkward summer/fall straddle that is September. It's a difficult time for those of us who just want to wear Vince sweater coats and be able to see our breath on a brisk morning walk. Is that too much to ask? But it's 80 degrees for like two more months, and we aren't trying to keep wearing white sundresses. The same goes for the drink menu. Summer is all about rosé and margaritas. Fall is for old fashioneds. So WHAT DO WE DRINK IN SEPTEMBER? I made it my mission to figure it out, and I think I made the perfect summer/fall transition cocktail that we can all sip on repeat until a heavier bourbon concoction feels more right (ok it never doesn't feel right, but work with me). It's a margarita to help us hang on to the laid back vibes of summer, but with fig, smoked salt and mezcal giving this cocktail a bit more sturdiness to make all our Autumn dreams come true. OK, and can we take a moment for these amazing marble hexagonal coasters and geometric linen tea towels by Savannah Hayes? If they speak to you like they do to me, scroll to the end to see how you can win some of these perfect home goods for yourself!
2 oz mezcal
2 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz Chambord
1/2 tsp fig jam
lime and fig slices for garnish
Stevia drops (about 6) or simple syrup 1/2 oz (or more if you prefer it sweeter)
Maldon smoked salt for rim
Crush the smoked salt flakes on a plate (larger chunks won't stick to the glass). Use a lime wedge to wet the rim of the glass, dip in the salt. Add fresh ice to the glass. In a shaker, muddle the fig. Add mezcal, lime juice, Chambord, fig jam, your sweetener of choice, and ice. Shake it up, and strain into glass over the fresh ice. Add a slice of fig and lime wedge for garnish.
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Photography by Heather Kincaid