Housemade habanero simple syrup and the refreshing taste of fresh squeezed clarified grapefruit juice is paired with the delicate sweetness of Yunnan Silver Needle in this summertime sipper. A smoked cinnamon stick garnish adds the essence of mezcal without the hangover.
1 ½ oz. Yunnan Silver Needle concentrate*
1 oz. Habanero Heavy syrup*
2 oz. grapefruit juice
1/2 tsp of fresh lemon juice
1 stick of cinnamon
Rim half of a rocks glass with salt and set aside. Fill glass with crushed ice and garnish with grapefruit. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 20 seconds. Double strain into glass. Light a cinnamon stick on fire and set it on the crushed ice. Serve still smoking.
To make Yunnan Silver Needle concentrate:
Heat 8 ounces of spring or freshly drawn filtered water to 190 degrees F. Add 3 sachets of (or 3 tbsp. of loose) Yunnan Silver Needle and steep for three minutes. Discard sachets and let cool.
To make Habanero Heavy syrup:
In a well-ventilated area, add 2 cups of water, peel of 1 grapefruit and 3 habanero chilies into a sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, add sugar and stir until combined. Remove from heat, cover and let sit for 1 hour. Strain into a clean jar, date and refrigerate.