Beet Mezcal Margarita

Mezcal Margarita
Serves 20 (in a 10 oz. rocks glass filled halfway with ice)

4 c beet simple syrup (see recipe below)                                                                                       
4 c lime juice                       
6 c mezcal
2 c agave nectar   
3 limes for garnish                                                                                                                             

This is an easy cocktail to create! Just combine all of the ingredients in the order listed.  Shake and stir, then pour over lots of ice with a lime for garnish and fresh flavor.

Beet Simple Syrup

12 c water                                                                                                                                             
1 1/2 lbs red beets, ends cut off, and diced into small cubes.

*Note: You can remove the skin for a more intense beet flavor in the cocktail, but make sure you still have 1 ½ pounds of beets AFTER peeling! Also, beets that are more pink in color will give you a lovely pink syrup and beets that have a yellow color mixed with red results in a sweeter syrup.

¼ t salt                                                                                                                                               
¼ c agave nectar

Place all of the ingredients in pan, bring to a boil, and then simmer covered until you have 4 cups of liquid. This should take around 45 minutes of simmering.  Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve; refrigerate if not ready to serve immediately.

Beet Mezcal Margarita