‘Mixed Signals’ – A holiday-spiced cocktail that comes through clearly

Tony Smith from Spice Kitchen and Bar in Gordon Square serves up a "Mixed Signals", an infused-tequila cocktail with a lot going on.

With a drink name like “Mixed Signals”, you might expect a jumbled mess. In this case, while there may be a lot going on, the ideas of smokey mezcal and slowly-infused black pepper and cinnamon tequila come through clearly. It’s a drink that brings a smooth and spicy addition to our “Drink This” Holiday edition of  great cocktails.

Spice Kitchen & Bar in Cleveland (5800 Detroit Ave) is a farm-to-table eating destination that features a rotating seasonal menu that takes its ingredients and inspiration from their on-site hoop house or farm in Cuyahoga National Valley Park. The approach of “Whatever is growing” to building the day’s selections engages the staff’s creativity in the kitchen, but also behind the bar.

Tony Smith, bartender for Spice also needs to take what’s on hand, and transform it into unique cocktails and beverage offerings. This leads to straightforward approaches like juicing and garnishes, and more time-intensive methods, like picking, dehydrating, and marinating. In this and other upcoming “Drink This” videos that focus on Spice, Smith shows off the tricks of the trade they’ve learned that keeps people coming back to see what they’ve concocted next.