March Madness Cocktail Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson |

When the first green shoots of spring break through frozen soil, I like to break out a crate of strawberries and a bottle of mezcal for a refreshing cocktail. Tequila’s bad boy cousin mezcal brings a smoky, savory element to this drink that works well with tart, fruity strawberries. Sip it while filling out March Madness brackets or starting a new gardening project.



    2 oz mezcal

    2 oz strawberry puree, recipe follows

    1/2 oz lime juice

    1/2 oz Campari

    sprig of mint, to garnish

    For Strawberry Puree

    1 pint of strawberries

    1/2 cup sugar

    1/2 cup water


    To Make Strawberry Puree:

    In a medium pot, dissolve sugar in water over medium heat. Add the strawberries and mix to completely coat the strawberries in the syrup. Puree the strawberries and syrup in a blender.

    To Make Cocktail:

    In a cocktail shaker, combine mezcal, strawberry puree, lime juice, and Campari with enough ice to fill the shaker. Shake well and strain into a low-ball glass filled with ice. Garnish with mint.