Return of the Don Cocktail

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Recipe by Amanda Neumann

Photo by Amber Fouts

Return of the Don is a bright and balanced cocktail for any summer occasion. The tingly taste of ginger and lemongrass stimulate the senses — it’s a sipper! Refreshing in taste and aesthetically pleasing, the color and flavor profile were inspired by sunsets in Mexico and California. Return of the Don is served in a coupe and garnished with either lemon or strawberry.

Makes 1 cocktail | 30 Minutes

For the ginger lemongrass syrup:

1 cup granulated white sugar

1 cup water

1/2 cup chopped lemongrass

1 three-inch piece of ginger, chopped

For the cocktail: 

2 strawberries, muddled 

1.5 ounces Don Julio Blanco tequila

1 ounce ginger lemongrass syrup

3/4 ounce purple carrot juice

1/2 ounce lemon juice

1/4 ounce Mezcal Union

1 ounce sparkling wine

strawberry or lemon garnish

In a pot, bring to boil sugar, water, and lemongrass. Reduce to simmer. Add ginger. Simmer syrup for 25 minutes. Strain with cheesecloth and mesh strainer. Store in an airtight container. 

In a shaker, muddle the strawberries. Combine tequila, ginger lemongrass syrup, purple carrot juice, lemon juice, and Mezcal Union in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and double strain. Fill a coupe glass with sparkling wine, then add the cocktail from the shaker. Garnish with a strawberry. 

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