There’s a lovely little restaurant in Spokane called Wild Sage that Mr. Redheaded Herbalist and I like to visit on special occasions.
You can tell that the chef is a true foodie. Literally everything they serve is delicious, creative and beautiful. I mean, seriously y’all, they infuse their butter with honey and lavender ♥
Among their many excellent offerings, they serve an unusual spicy cocktail called a Smoke & Mirrors that we can’t get enough of.
It’s a spicy, savory beverage that Bloody Mary fans will appreciate, though it is lighter, a bit sweeter and more citrusy than a Bloody Mary.
At Mr. RH’s urging, I took a stab at reverse engineering the recipe and, based off of the menu’s description of roasted red pepper puree, Absolut Peppar vodka, mezcal, jalapeño honey syrup and lime, I think I came up with a passable copycat.
It’s been a big hit at dinner parties! ♥
A couple of notes
Per the Wild Sage menu, I’ve made this with Absolut Peppar in the past, but I find that my fermented jalapeño hot honey gives the cocktail more and enough of a kick that regular ol’ Tito’s (or your favorite plain vodka) does the trick.
You can choose to roast your own red bell peppers under the broiler or simply puree a jar of roasted red peppers (drained) from the store. I’ve done it both ways and they both work just fine.
(Leftover red pepper puree freezes nicely!)