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The Benefits of Mixing Chipotle Honey with Your Mezcal

Friday Happy Hour: A Smoky-Sweet-Spicy Thing Is Going On Here

By Hadley Tomicki ·
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They say honey is packed with antioxidants and good for allergies.

They also say paprika is rich with beta-carotene.

And we say that mezcal is delicious.

So, if you needed a reason...

This is the Westbound & Up, a drink wherein smoked paprika and chipotle honey accompany your mezcal. You can find it inside a coupe inside Westbound, a stately new cocktail haunt in Downtown LA’s Arts District. It’s smoky with a subtle sweetness and hints of heat, all balanced out by a dash of salt.

Now, let’s all make one together.

Westbound & Up

2 oz Del Maguey Vida Mezcal
3/4 oz chipotle honey
3/4 oz lemon juice
pinch of salt
pinch of smoked paprika

Combine mezcal, chipotle honey, lemon juice and salt in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and double-strain into a coupe. Express lemon zest over the top and sprinkle a little paprika over the side of the coupe.

Hadley Tomicki lives in Los Angeles. He is probably going nowhere on the 10 Freeway this very second.

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