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Grandote (Para Dos) from West of Pecos

[Photograph: Diana Bradbury]

This summery, herbal margarita-for-two is available at West of Pecos in San Francisco. It lacks the cloying sweetness and throat parching acidity of lesser margs: the blend of cucumber, white vermouth, and green Chartreuse gives it a clean, dangerously drinkable quality. Don't say we didn't warn you.

Note: To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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