Mercedes O’Brien and the Avocado Margarita

Mercedes O’Brien is the cocktail director at Gunshow in Atlanta.

Even with summer rounding out, the Atlanta heat is still rolling along. This recipe is inspired by a love affair of frozen drinks and use of a local, and quick seasoned ingredients, papalo, an ancient Mexican herb similar to cilantro. 

Avocado MargaritaAvocado Margarita
1 oz. Blanco tequila
1 oz. Lime juice
¾ oz. Cocchi Americano
¾ oz. Papalo + tomatillo syrup*
½ oz. Ancho Verde liqueur
¼ of an Avocado
1 ½ oz. cups ice

Add all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth. Pour into large salt-rimmed rocks glass and garnish with straw, lime wheel and mint bouquet.

*For Papalo + tomatillo syrup
1 qt. Tomatillo juice
20 g. Papolo leaves
¼ tsp. Ascorbic acid

Combine all ingredients into blender and pulse until well papalo flavor is well integrated. Fine mesh strain and combine with equal parts sugar.

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