“The New Spain” Cocktail

“The New Spain” Cocktail

David Lebovitz is a genius.  A pastry chef by training, he is much more.  After years in the business and many at Chez Panisse under the watchful eye of Alice Waters, Lebovitz left the restaurant business and moved Paris to pursue writing. To date, he has written eight amazing books–and not just about cooking. He was an original blogger, blogging before blogging was actually a thing. And he dabbles  outside of his pastry training into savory food and speciality cocktails, similar to what I like to do.  Lebovitz blogged about this cocktail called “The New Spain” and I think it’s brilliant.
The New Spain

To be clear, this is not Lebovitz’s creation. Lebovitz credits getting this sherry-based cocktail from a book called”Sherry” by Talia Baiocchi, who also happens to be the Editor-in-Chief of a drinks magazine called PUNCH. So in fairness, Baiocchi should also be called a genius. Lebovitz adapted the original recipe; and I his.  But the premise is the same. Lebovitz’s recipe can be seen here. The wonderful flavors of sherry (as Baiocchi says, “the wine world’s best kept secret“) and smoky Mezcal blend perfectly with spicy fresh ginger and tart lime.  I think that this is a new and exciting cocktail that is just right for Spring or Summer.

The New Spain

March 31, 2018
: 1
: 5 min
: 5 min
: easy


  • 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1/2 ounce agave
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 ounces dry sherry
  • 1 ounce Mezcal
  • slice of lime, for garnish
  • fresh nutmeg, for garnish
  • Step 1 Fill a low ball grass halfway with ice and set aside.
  • Step 2 Using a cocktail shaker, add the ginger and agave. Using a muddler, muddle the mixture well.
  • Step 3 Add the lime juice, Sherry, Mezcal and a handful of ice. Shake vigorously for about 20 seconds.
  • Step 4 Strain the mixture into the prepared lowball. Garnish with a slice of lime and some freshly grated nutmeg.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Related Posts

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Who does not love ranch dressing? Ok, there are some out there who don’t, I’m sure; but it can’t be many. Ranch is one of the most popular salad dressings out there. It is also a popular dip for vegetables, and even for mozzarella sticks […]

Tuna Tartare

Tuna Tartare

I could live on tuna tartare. Seriously, straight up or on a cracker, I love the stuff.  If you know me at all, you know I order tuna tartare–or any kind of variation of it–almost everywhere I go no matter what the season. In all […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.