The Red & Black
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  • Syrup:
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • Cocktail:
  • 4 ounces ripe strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 5 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup cooled syrup
  • 10 tablespoons blanco tequila
  • Garnish:
  • 2 lime wedges
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  1. Make simple syrup: Combine sugar, water, and 1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Simmer until sugar fully dissolves, stirring; this takes about 1 minute. Cool completely. Strain syrup and discard black pepper.
  2. Make drinks: Muddle strawberries a medium-sized jar. Add lime juice, ½ cup of cooled syrup, and tequila and stir to combine.
  3. To finish: Swipe rims of 2 rock glasses, mason jars, or equivalent 11 or 12-ounce glasses with lime. Combine 1 tablespoon sugar, ¾ teaspoon finely ground black pepper, and salt in a shallow plate and dip rims in it to coat them. Carefully fill glasses with ice. Divide strawberry-tequila mixture between glasses, including the muddled strawberries.
Recipe by The Taste SF at