Eye of the Komodo

Eye of the Komodo

My friend Michael Sharkey is one of the best home bartenders I know, and he sometimes surprises me with delicious new creations when I visit. His latest is the Eye of the Komodo (he originally christened it Ojo del Komodo — but I botched and Anglicized it, probably because I think the Eye of the Komodo sounds more like a ‘60s horror movie). Built on a foundation of what Michael calls “lizard liquid” and fortified by mezcal, it is bright green, satisfyingly spicy and garnished with a vegetal “eyeball.” What’s not to love?
  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    First, prepare the “lizard liquid": Combine cucumber chunks, cilantro and jalapeño in a food processor until completely liquefied. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer.
  2. Step 2

    In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine mezcal, "lizard liquid," lime juice and agave nectar.
  3. Step 3

    Fill 4 glasses with ice, shake the mixture and pour over the ice. Garnish with layered cucumber, lime and jalapeño slices, held together with a toothpick. (Those are the lizard eyes). Dust with chile powder.