This is the kind of cocktail you don’t want to attempt to reproduce at home. To create that rosemary mint foam you will need both a nitrous-oxide whipper and an eyedropper (to dispense precisely two drops of rosemary essential oil). It’s the type of complex specialty drink you can find only at specialty bars, in this case the newcomer Mezcal Bar, which is tucked behind a curtain at the West Hollywood restaurant Laurel Hardware, and features nearly 100 different Mezcals sourced from more than 50 distillers.

Mezcal Bar’s bartender, Dustin Shaw, who created the drink and named it for a well-known Mexican-American singer-songwriter, says it has been one of the most popular since the bar opened in March. More than a cocktail, the Lila Downs is, he says, “a journey.” 

"When you’re about to take a sip the nose of anise wakes up your senses, then the foam’s minty fresh flavor provides a nice cooling sensation that gives way to a surprising amount of body,” Shaw says. “It’s extremely easy to drink and has an amazing mouth feel. I’ve long been a fan of bitter, herbaceous and boozy drinks and I wanted to offer a refreshing, agave-based sour that wasn’t sweetened, weak, or a margarita.”

INGREDIENTS:
—1 oz. La Niña del Mezcal Espadin
—. 5 oz. Casamigos Blanco tequila
—. 75 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
—. 75 oz. Green Chartreuse 
—. 25 oz. Giffard Banane Du Bresil Liqueur

DIRECTIONS:
Combine and shake ingredients. Strain into a coupe glass that’s been rinsed with absinthe. Top with rosemary-mint foam. 

Courtesy of MEZCAL BAR AT LAUREL HARDWARE 

Courtesy of Two James Spirits

A unique mix of bitters creates a treat for the senses in this seasonal sip from Corktown’s Two James Spirits. While typically busy hosting tours and private events or slinging craft cocktails in its tasting room, the distillery’s team has shifted its efforts during the coronavirus outbreak. It’s been producing hand sanitizer for hospitals, police and fire departments across the Detroit metro, while lifting spirits with creative curbside cocktail kits.

INGREDIENTS

 

Seattle’s Foodz Catering is preparing to move into its new home, nicknamed the “factory,” in the Georgetown neighborhood this summer. Four times the size of its current headquarters, it will include a new kitchen, offices and a warehouse. Toast the new digs with the company’s Blueberry Mule—the recipe raises the bar on the sober-curious trend.

INGREDIENTS

—3 oz. fresh-pressed blueberry juice

—juice of half a lime

—ginger beer

—shaved ice

—sprig of mint

—lime wedge

 

Perhaps your attendees have hopped on those electric bikes and e-scooters that are scattered all over metropolitan areas throughout California. That’s old news, no question. Yet it’s a sure bet they’ve never been on a Vintage Electric Cruz Bike, because only 250 of them ever have been made. Mad Dogs & Englishmen Bike Shop in Carmel has a fleet of these smile generators, as well as a fleet of knowledgeable guides to lead scenic group tours.