California Avocado Barbacoa Cocktail

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 California Avocado Barbacoa Cocktail

This avocado cocktail recipe takes a bold stance and new approach to the age-old debate of savory versus sweet, with smoky notes from chipotle pepper.  


Serves: 2
  ripe, Fresh California Avocado, peeled, seeded and cut into 1” cubes
1 1/2  cups  crushed ice
oz.  mezcal
oz.  fresh lime juice
oz.  agave nectar
tsp.  chipotle pepper, minced
    Ginger Syrup, see make-ahead recipe below
    Ginger Syrup
cup  water
1/2  cup  agave nectar
Tbsp.  ginger, unpeeled and cut into 1/2" slices

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados


  1. Combine avocado, crushed ice, mescal, lime juice, agave nectar, chipotle pepper and 1.5 ounces of Ginger Syrup in a blender and mix until smooth.
  2. Divide the mixture into two highball glasses.
  3. Top with 0.5 ounce of Ginger Syrup and serve immediately.

Ginger Syrup Instructions:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the water, agave nectar and slices of ginger.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat and simmer for five minutes.
  3. Cover, remove from heat and steep for 30 minutes.
  4. Pour the syrup through a strainer to discard the ginger slices and set aside until ready to use.

Serving Suggestion: For a savory garnish and pop of color, place small strips of beef jerky and red bell pepper in each glass before serving.

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Dara Michalski

Dara Michalski, a Canadian (“Canuck”) living in the United States, is the recipe developer and photographer behind the healthy recipe and running site, Cookin’ Canuck. Dara has been sharing her easy, innovative and healthy recipes with her readers since April 2009. More recently, she started writing about her adventures with running, including her first marathon.

Starting in September 2011, Dara’s cooking and view on health went through a transformation, leading to a 30-pound weight loss and a new dedication to moderation in eating and exercise. She believes that healthy eating doesn’t need to equal boring food!

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