I was skeptical, to say the least. Bananas don’t usually make their way into cocktails outside of the daiquiri and the Bailey’s Banana Colada at Cyril’s in Amagansett (order it with a “floater” and make sure you have a designated driver). In fact, bananas don’t really make their way into my mouth very often. Which is why I surprised myself by ordering the Smoked-Banana Mezcal margarita at Alex Stupak’s West Village Mexican spot Empellon Taqueria.
Mezcal is an infinitely cooler order than tequila. It just is, I don’t know why. Which is definitely one reason I leaned towards the Fidencio Clásico mezcal drink. I thrive on being “cool.” Regardless of reasoning, this cocktail exceeded my expectation. Smooth and smoky, the banana lent more body than fluffy banana flavor to the drink.
Sipping it with food I didn’t produce any weird clashing tastes. It went with the guacamole (which little Bib Gourmet got a kick out of eating off the little spoon I keep in his diaper bag) and worked with the scallop ceviche with mango and mustard seeds. It washed down the cheese-shishito pepper fundido with flying colors. Banana and mescal, who would have thunk it?