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Cocktail Challenge: Takis 

Jess Keene of Barrelhouse Flat finds one good use for junk food.

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Fist of Surrender

Fist of Surrender

Eileen Meslar

Challenged with the Mexican snack Takis by Big Star and the Charleston's Annemarie Sagoi, Barrelhouse Flat bartender Jess Keene refrained from any mention of the kiddie-rap video "Hot Cheetos & Takis." She doesn't even like the things—"a garnish with Takis would be disgusting," she said. Instead, she wrapped about 20 of the cigar-shaped chips (Nitro flavor) in cheesecloth and used them to infuse a simple syrup. The mezcal-based cocktail she arrived at is savory, smoky, and only mildly spicy despite the addition of habanero and chile de arbol syrups. Keene got the name from an online random-phrase generator.

Fist of Surrender

1 oz tomato juice
3/4 oz lime juice
1/4 oz grapefruit juice
11/2 oz Vida mezcal
1/2 oz Takis simple syrup
1/4 oz habanero syrup
1/8 oz Cynar artichoke liqueur
2 dashes celery bitters
Dash chile de arbol simple syrup
Dash Angostura bitters
Salt, for rimming

Combine ingredients and shake vigorously. Strain over ice into a salt-rimmed rocks glass.

Who's Next:

Keene has challenged Mark Brinker, her "fellow bartender in arms" at Barrelhouse Flat, with sriracha.

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