Tart, smoky, like a mezcal-kissed Margarita, without the hangover.
*Lime cordial: Portland’s BG Reynold’s makes a good one, or you can make your own, but you should use citric acid. The Spruce Eats has a good recipe.
**To make the spicy simple syrup, stir together ¼ cup boiling water and either ¼ cup sugar or agave syrup. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Muddle in half an orange (peeled & cut into chunks) and half a large jalapeño, cut into 4 pieces. Let cool, then cover and refrigerate for 6-48 hours before straining into a clean bottle. Keeps up to 2 weeks.