After his friend and fellow bartender Paul McGee of the Whistler, a vegan, was challenged with beef stock, Sterling Field of Sable Kitchen & Bar, who's not a vegetarian, decided to go the opposite route and make an all-organic vegan cocktail incorporating his challenge ingredient, nutritional yeast, deactivated yeast that can be used as a diet supplement(it's popular with vegans for its somewhat cheesy flavor). He has high praise for J.K.'s Scrumpy hard cider, which is made in Michigan.
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1.5 oz Del Maguey Chichicapa mezcal
¾ oz J.K.'s Scrumpy Farmhouse Organic hard cider
¾ oz nutritional yeast cane syrup*
¾ oz fresh lemon juice from organic lemons
Combine the lemon juice, syrup, mezcal, and hard cider in a mixing glass, add ice, and shake. Strain into a collins glass with ice and garnish with a sprig of mint.
*Nutritional yeast cane syrup:
100 ml sugar
100 ml water
5 g nutritional yeast
Bring to a low simmer, stirring often. Remove from heat and let cool.
Field has challenged Clint Rogers of Henri with fenugreek. —Kate Schmidt