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La Cura Cocktail! A mezcal Margarita meets the classic Penicillin cocktail - a fusion of two cocktail classics, with its commingling of sweet, sour, salty and smoky notes, makes for a delicious shoulder season panacea! #penicillin #cocktail #mezcal

La Cura Cocktail


La Cura Cocktail! A mezcal Margarita meets the classic Penicillin cocktail – a fusion of two cocktail classics- with sweet, sour, salty and smoky notes.


  • 3/4 ounce Honey Ginger Syrup
  • 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/2 a lime
  • 1 1/2 ounces blended scotch
  •  1/2 ounce mezcal

Garnish Candied ginger on a skewer, set across the rim.


Honey Ginger Syrup:

  • 1/4 cup honey (see notes for vegan) 
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1” thumb fresh ginger, peeled

Salted Chili Rim:


  1.  Make the Honey Ginger syrup.  Pour 1/4 cup honey into a glass measuring cup.  Add 1/4 cup hot water, and whisk to blend.  Peel a 1” thumb of fresh ginger, and place a fine-mesh strainer over the honey syrup.  Grate the ginger into the strainer, then press the pulp with the back of a spoon until all the juice is extracted.  Whisk the ginger “juice” into the honey syrup to combine. (Makes enough for 5 drinks.)
  2. Salt the rim.  Run the cut face of a lemon or lime around the lip of the glass then invert onto a plate sprinkled with kosher salt and chili lime seasoning.
  3.  Shake: Fill a cocktail shaker 2/3 full with ice.  Add the blended scotch, 3/4 of an ounce of a combination of lemon and lime juice, and 3/4 ounce of honey-ginger syrup.  Shake vigorously, and pour into the salted glass.
  4. Finish: Gently float the mezcal onto the surface of the drink, by slowly pouring it over the back of a spoon (see photo) to help keep it at the surface. Do not stir.  Top the glass with a skewer of candied ginger.
  5. Enjoy immediately.


Makes one drink.

Feel free to sub Simple Syrup (made with Demerara sugar or raw sugar) for a vegan version. Bring equal parts sugar and water ( 1/4 cup of each) to a boil stirring until sugar is completely dissolved, let cool.


  • Serving Size: 3.5. ounces

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