1 oz Del Maguey Mezcal Vida
1/2 Lime (quartered)
2 barspoon Sugar
Muddle the lime pieces with the sugar. Add the rest of the ingredients and ice, shake, and pour into a rocks glass. Top with ice, garnish with a lime wheel, and add a straw.
Two Monday ago, Andrea and I traveled to Woburn to have dinner at the Baldwin Bar at Sichuan Garden II. That night, bartenders Vannaluck Hongthong and Anthony Vibert were at the stick. For a first drink, Andrea asked Anthony for the Veldt which he mentioned was bartender Joel Atlas' creation. I did not inquire about the name which is a term for the open, uncultivated grasslands in southern Africa; perhaps Joel was inspired by the Ray Bradbury story by that name that was originally published as "The World the Children Made." Regardless, I was curious to try this Caipirinha riff especially since mezcal and cachaça have paired well in drinks like the Adorable Bartender.