By Edwin Rios (Death & Co LA, 2024)

El Niño Perdido

"This drink is an homage to L.A.’s Boyle Heights neighborhood, where there’s a statue inspired by the beloved mariachi song ‘El Niño Perdido’ (‘The Lost Child’). Its flavors are intended to highlight ingredients that pair well with honeydew melon. Legendario Domingo Guerrero mezcal has a minty, peppery, vegetal profile and a robust finish that loves both melon and the rich herbaceous quality of the shiso liqueur. This mezcal is a favorite of mine and a great way to introduce folks who are new to the spirit but don’t want something ‘too smoky.’" —ER

1¼ ounces Legendario Domingo Guerrero mezcal
1 ounce Cocchi Americano
¼ ounce Sidetrack Shiso liqueur
1½ ounces Honeydew Syrup (see Note)
¾ ounce fresh lime juice
1 dash absinthe|
Garnish: 1 lime wheel

Short shake all of the ingredients with 3 ice cubes, then strain into a cocktail mug (or pilsner glass) and fill with crushed ice. Garnish with the lime wheel and serve with a straw.

Note: To make Honeydew Syrup, combine 1 part cubed honeydew melon and 1 part simple syrup (equal weights of both) in a blender and blend until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.