Mezcal and Tonic Cocktail Drink

Mezcal and Tonic

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Are you looking for an out of the ordinary yet simple cocktail? This Mezcal and Tonic recipe is just the ticket! It’s a tasty drink full of unique flavors, and you’ll find it a breeze to whip up with easy-to-find ingredients.

Mezcal and Tonic Recipe

This easy Mezcal and Tonic recipe lets you relax! It's the perfect cocktail for a crisp autumn evening with smoky Mezcal, tangy tonic water, and a hint of lime.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

171 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Mezcal
  • 4 oz Tonic Water, to top up
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wedge, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Bar spoon or long stirrer

Instructions

  • Add Ice: Fill the glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Mezcal: Pour 2 oz Mezcal into a highball glass.
  • Add Tonic Water: Top-up with approx. 4 oz Tonic Water (adjust to the size of your glass).
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Garnish: Place a lime wedge into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Mezcal: If you don't have Mezcal, you can use tequila as a substitute. It won't have the same smoky flavor but will still make a tasty drink. You could also use a smoky scotch for a different twist.
  • Tonic Water: If you're not a fan of tonic water's bitter taste, you can substitute it with soda water or ginger ale. Just be aware that this will change the flavor profile of the drink.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Mezcal Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic spirit that has a smoky flavor. Several brands on the market make non-alcoholic spirits with complex flavors.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Ingredients: Most Mezcal and tonic waters are already vegan, but it's always a good idea to check the labels to ensure no animal products are used in their production.
  • Proceed As Usual: Once you've confirmed your vegan ingredients, follow the original steps to make Mezcal and Tonic vegan.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
171
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
16
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
11
g
4
%
Sugar
 
11
g
12
%
Potassium
 
1
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.02
mg
0
%

 

Mezcal and Tonic Cocktail Drink

Mezcal and Tonic Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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This easy Mezcal and Tonic recipe lets you relax! It's the perfect cocktail for a crisp autumn evening with smoky Mezcal, tangy tonic water, and a hint of lime.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 171

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Mezcal
  • 4 oz Tonic Water - to top up
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wedge - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Bar spoon or long stirrer

Instructions

  • Add Ice: Fill the glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Mezcal: Pour 2 oz Mezcal into a highball glass.
  • Add Tonic Water: Top-up with approx. 4 oz Tonic Water (adjust to the size of your glass).
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Garnish: Place a lime wedge into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Mezcal: If you don't have Mezcal, you can use tequila as a substitute. It won't have the same smoky flavor but will still make a tasty drink. You could also use a smoky scotch for a different twist.
  • Tonic Water: If you're not a fan of tonic water's bitter taste, you can substitute it with soda water or ginger ale. Just be aware that this will change the flavor profile of the drink.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Mezcal Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic spirit that has a smoky flavor. Several brands on the market make non-alcoholic spirits with complex flavors.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Ingredients: Most Mezcal and tonic waters are already vegan, but it's always a good idea to check the labels to ensure no animal products are used in their production.
  • Proceed As Usual: Once you've confirmed your vegan ingredients, follow the original steps to make Mezcal and Tonic vegan.

What is a Mezcal and Tonic?

A Mezcal and Tonic is a smoky, refreshing cocktail made of Mezcal and tonic water and typically garnished with a slice of lime or other citrus. This drink is relatively easy to make; it only requires the ability to measure the ingredients and mix them together in a glass. It’s a variant of the well-known Gin and Tonic, substituting gin for Mezcal, giving it its unique smoky flavor.

A side shot of a Mezcal and Tonic cocktail in a highball glass on a white coaster placed on a white table surrounded by three limes, a green cloth, and a mezcal bottle, in front of a green background

What is a Mezcal and Tonic made of – The ingredients

The following items are needed for your Mezcal and Tonic:

  • Mezcal: A distilled alcoholic beverage made from some kind of agave plant native to Mexico. It provides the base spirit and smoky flavor to the cocktail.
  • Tonic Water: A carbonated soft drink containing quinine, which gives it a bitter taste. It adds effervescence and balances the smokiness of Mezcal.
  • Lime wedge: Used as garnish, it enhances the visual appeal of the cocktail and can add subtle flavor nuances.

Mezcal and tonic laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Mezcal and Tonic?

Use our straightforward guide to make your own Mezcal and Tonic:

1
<p>Start by filling a highball glass with ice cubes. This will ensure that your drink stays chilled for a longer period.</p>

Start by filling a highball glass with ice cubes. This will ensure that your drink stays chilled for a longer period.

2
<p>Pour two ounces of Mezcal into the glass. The smoky flavor of Mezcal is the star of this cocktail, so make sure to use a good quality one.</p>

Pour two ounces of Mezcal into the glass. The smoky flavor of Mezcal is the star of this cocktail, so make sure to use a good quality one.

3
<p>Add four ounces of tonic water to the glass. The bitter and sweet flavors of the tonic water will balance out the smoky Mezcal.</p>

Add four ounces of tonic water to the glass. The bitter and sweet flavors of the tonic water will balance out the smoky Mezcal.

4
<p>Stir the ingredients together gently. This will mix the flavors without diluting the drink too much.</p>

Stir the ingredients together gently. This will mix the flavors without diluting the drink too much.

5
<p>Garnish the glass with a lime wedge. This will add a pop of color and a hint of citrus flavor to your Mezcal and Tonic.</p>

Garnish the glass with a lime wedge. This will add a pop of color and a hint of citrus flavor to your Mezcal and Tonic.

A Mezcal and Tonic cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a beige surface surrounded by Mezcal and tonic

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Mezcal and Tonic?
A standard serving contains approximately 150-200 calories. This can vary depending on the specific brand of Mezcal used and the amount of tonic water added.
How strong is a Mezcal and Tonic cocktail?
The strength of the cocktail depends on the alcohol content of the Mezcal used. Most mezcals have an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 40-50%, translating to 80-100 proof. However, when mixed with tonic water, the overall ABV of the cocktail decreases drastically to around 10-15%.
What type of alcohol is used in a Mezcal and Tonic?
As the name suggests, Mezcal and Tonic use Mezcal, a distilled alcoholic beverage from Mexico made from agave plants.
What kind of glass is a Mezcal and Tonic typically served?
Traditionally, it is served in a highball glass, which allows plenty of room for ice and tonic water while still showcasing the unique characteristics of the Mezcal.
What does a Mezcal and Tonic taste like?
The smoky, earthy flavors of the Mezcal are balanced by the bitter-sweetness of the tonic water, results in a refreshing yet robust cocktail.
What is the typical ratio for making a Mezcal and Tonic?
The standard ratio for a Mezcal and Tonic is 2:1 - two parts tonic water to one part mezcal. This ratio can be adjusted according to personal preference.
How is a Mezcal and Tonic served with ice?
A Mezcal and Tonic is typically served over ice. The ice not only chills the drink but also helps to dilute the Mezcal slightly, making it more palatable.

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