I like to think of mezcal as tequilla's mysterious cousin. It's not as in your face, dancing on the top of a bar after a few shots. Mezcal is reserved, hanging out in corner watching its surroundings go by. It has a slightly smoky aftertaste, so I like to mix it with a slightly sweet mixer, though it's traditionally sipped on its own.
This drink, recently named the White Bronco by C, is a glass full of ice, one shot of mezcal (we use Del Maguey), topped off with OJ (we use pineapple orange) and garnished with a sprig of rosemary. If you're lucky enough to be on spring break or savoring the first warm days of spring on the East Coast, this is the ultimate sundowner. And if you're running between raindrops in SF right now, this drink is best sipped with your eyes closed and your head tilted up towards imaginary sun rays, envisioning tropical beaches and sunshine.