Mezcal Margarita

Prep Time: 5 mins
This smoky take on a margarita has become my new go-to cocktail to whip together at home.

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This smoky take on a margarita has become my new go-to cocktail to whip together at home. I like combining the two liquors so that the smokiness of the mezcal isn’t overpowering in the cocktail. Pair this twist on a classic Mexican margarita with some fish tacos.

Mezcal Margarita

mexcal margarita

Key Ingredients in This Recipe

  • Mezcal – Mezcal has a distinct taste that gets it’s flavor from slow-roasted and distilled hearts of agave plants – it’s tequila’s smokier cousin.
  • Tequila – When choosing a tequila, I use tequila blanco also known as silver tequila in my margaritas. Look for a higher end brand (trust me it will help with your hangover the next morning) – the label should say 100% agave. 
  • Triple sec – Triple sec is a sweet, clear, orange liqueur made with 15%-40% alcohol from sweet and bitter orange peels. Cointreau is a type of triple sec. It’s a higher end label with a higher alcohol content than most other triple secs.
  • Agave – Rather than adding simple syrup to my margaritas I add a bit of agave. It’s a natural sweetener and is what is fermented to make tequila. You can also use simple syrup or honey in its place.
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How to Make a Mezcal Margarita

  1. Add salt to a glass. Add kosher salt to a small bowl wide enough for the mouth of the glass to fit in.
  2. Rim the glass with salt. Rub the lime wedge around the rim of the glass then dip in the salt.
  3. Add ingredients to shaker with ice. Add the tequila, mescal, triple sec, lime juice and agave to an ice filled cocktail shaker.
  4. Serve. Shake vigorously then pour over the tumbler filled with ice.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Serves 1 (8-ounce) glass

Ingredients:

  • Coarse kosher salt, as needed
  • Lime wedges
  • 1 ounce silver tequila
  • 1 ounce mezcal
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce agave

Instructions:

  • Add kosher salt to a small bowl wide enough for the mouth of the glass to fit in.
  • Rub the lime wedge around the rim of the glass then dip in the salt.
  • Add the tequila, mescal, triple sec, lime juice and agave to an ice filled cocktail shaker.
  • Shake vigorously then pour over the tumbler filled with ice.

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