Mezcal Mama Horchata

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Created by mezcal company Gem & Bolt, this bright, fruity take on spiked horchata calls for their subtly smoky spirit, which is uniquely distilled with damiana, an ancient Mexican herb often used as an aphrodisiac and a holistic anti-depressant. China-China, a bitter, citrusy amaro made with cinchona bark, plays up the herbal notes in the mezcal, while muddled pineapple gives the drink a tropical edge. It’s perfect sipped on a sweltering day spent on a blazing beach or just in your backyard.

Mezcal Mama Horchata

Sweet, Savory


  • 1.5 oz Gem & Bolt
  • 1.5 oz Almond Horchata
  • 0.5 oz lime juice
  • 0.5 oz Demerara Syrup
  • 3 1-inch pieces Fresh Pineapple
  • 0.5 oz China-China Amer
  • 2 to 4 drops Pink salt solution (2 parts water to 1 part salt)
  • Bouquet of mint, for garnish


Step one

In a pint glass, muddle the fresh pineapple.

Step two

Add the rest of the ingredients (save for the mint) to the glass along with a small amount of crushed ice.

Step three

Top the pint glass with a shaker tin (to make a Boston shaker) and whip shake.

Step four

Double strain into a double old-fashioned glass.

Step five

Top with crushed ice and garnish with a bouquet of fresh mint.

Contributed by Gem & Bolt