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bear bait tequila cocktail

Bear Bait: a Tequila Cocktail Recipe

Usually, coming up with the perfect cocktail name is harder for me than coming up with the perfect cocktail. Not this time. This time the name came to me in a flash. As I picked both the berries and the milkweed flowers, I was painfully aware that I wasn’t the only mammal leaving foot prints in this field. Hence…the Bear Bait tequila cocktail!

You can make this drink with any berry, but I like it best with blackberries. They have a slightly stronger flavor than black raspberries, and while the seeds can be annoying, this cocktail is strained, so that won’t be an issue. And just because I like it best with blackberries doesn’t mean I won’t be making it with wineberries next week.

I first made the Bear Bait tequila cocktail with Cherry Heering liqueur, which I inherited from my teetotaling dad. Then, I found a bottle of homemade black raspberry liqueur stashed in the back of my pantry, and that was that! You may substitute cherry heering or a commercial blackberry liqueur.

The mezcal adds a hint of smokiness, and the milkweed cordial is just barely sweet with a hint of lime. Don’t have any milkweed soda on hand? Try a flavored seltzer instead.


What You’ll Need to Make One Bear Bait Tequila Cocktail

1 Tablespoon blackberries

1/2 ounce black raspberry liqueur

2 ounces tequila

1/4 ounce smoky mezcal

2 ounces milkweed cordial


What You’ll Do to Make One Bear Bait Tequila Cocktail

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the berries in the fruit liqueur. Add a few ice cubes, the tequila, and the mezcal, and stir the ingredients for about 30 seconds, then strain into a martini glass. Top with two ounces of milkweed soda.

Depending on where you live and forage, this cocktail may be in season when the days are getting a little shorter, and you may feel wistful that summer is winding down. Have a second cocktail and save the worrying for later.

Interested in another berry cocktail?

Check out this recipe for a Black Raspberry Bramble. You can make it with any fruit that tickles your fancy.

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