Mezcal Margarita Cocktail Drink

Mezcal Margarita

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This Mezcal Margarita recipe is your ticket to a lively summer! It’s an easy-to-make drink full of unique ingredients.

Mezcal Margarita Recipe

Add a kick to your autumn with our straightforward Mezcal Margarita recipe! You'll enjoy the blend of Mezcal, lime juice, agave syrup, and a salty rim in this smoky drink.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

2 minutes

Servings:

1

Calories:

237 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Mezcal
  • ½ oz orange liqueur
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz agave syrup
  • Salt, for rimming the glass, optional
  • Lime wheel, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Margarita Glass
  • Strainer & Fine-strainer

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Ice up your margarita glass and set it aside.
  • Combine Ingredients: In your cocktail shaker, pour 1 oz agave syrup, 1 oz fresh lime juice, ½ oz orange liqueur, and 1½ oz Mezcal.
  • Rim Glass: If you like a salted rim, run a lime wedge around the edge of your glass and dip it into salt.
  • Shake: Fill your shaker with ice and give everything a good shake until well combined and chilled.
  • Pour: Fine strain the mixture into your prepared margarita glass.
  • Garnish: Add a lime wheel for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Mezcal: If you don't have Mezcal, tequila is a great substitute. It's similar to Mezcal but less smoky.
  • Orange liqueur: if you are out of any orange liqueur opt for an orange flavored syrup or a dash of orange essence.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: I've used bottled lime juice in a pinch. It's less fresh-tasting, but it does the job.
  • Agave Syrup: Honey or simple syrup can be used instead of agave syrup if needed.

Making a Pitcher of Mezcal Margarita:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of Mezcal, 4 oz of orange liqueur, 8 oz of fresh lime juice, and 8 oz of agave syrup.
  • Mix: Combine the Mezcal, orange liqueur,  fresh lime juice, and agave syrup in a large pitcher with ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain the mixture into individual salt-rimmed margarita glasses, garnish with a lime wheel, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Mezcal Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic spirit with a smoky flavor profile to mimic the Mezcal.
  • Orange liqueur: Use a non-alcoholic orange flavored syrup. 
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the Mezcal, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Agave Syrup: Ensure your agave syrup is organic and labeled as vegan. Some brands process their syrup using animal-derived products. Alternatively, use a vegan-friendly simple syrup.
  • Proceed As Usual: With your vegan-friendly sweetener, follow the original steps to enjoy a delicious vegan Mezcal Margarita.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
237
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.2
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.02
g
0
%
Sodium
 
3
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
29
g
10
%
Fiber
 
0.2
g
1
%
Sugar
 
24
g
27
%
Potassium
 
39
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.2
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.02
g
Vitamin A
 
14
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
13
mg
16
%
Calcium
 
4
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Mezcal Margarita Cocktail Drink

Mezcal Margarita Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Add a kick to your autumn with our straightforward Mezcal Margarita recipe! You'll enjoy the blend of Mezcal, lime juice, agave syrup, and a salty rim in this smoky drink.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 237

Ingredients
 

  • oz Mezcal
  • ½ oz orange liqueur
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz agave syrup
  • Salt - for rimming the glass, optional
  • Lime wheel - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Margarita Glass
  • Strainer & Fine-strainer

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Ice up your margarita glass and set it aside.
  • Combine Ingredients: In your cocktail shaker, pour 1 oz agave syrup, 1 oz fresh lime juice, ½ oz orange liqueur, and 1½ oz Mezcal.
  • Rim Glass: If you like a salted rim, run a lime wedge around the edge of your glass and dip it into salt.
  • Shake: Fill your shaker with ice and give everything a good shake until well combined and chilled.
  • Pour: Fine strain the mixture into your prepared margarita glass.
  • Garnish: Add a lime wheel for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Mezcal: If you don't have Mezcal, tequila is a great substitute. It's similar to Mezcal but less smoky.
  • Orange liqueur: if you are out of any orange liqueur opt for an orange flavored syrup or a dash of orange essence.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: I've used bottled lime juice in a pinch. It's less fresh-tasting, but it does the job.
  • Agave Syrup: Honey or simple syrup can be used instead of agave syrup if needed.

Making a Pitcher of Mezcal Margarita:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of Mezcal, 4 oz of orange liqueur, 8 oz of fresh lime juice, and 8 oz of agave syrup.
  • Mix: Combine the Mezcal, orange liqueur,  fresh lime juice, and agave syrup in a large pitcher with ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain the mixture into individual salt-rimmed margarita glasses, garnish with a lime wheel, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Mezcal Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic spirit with a smoky flavor profile to mimic the Mezcal.
  • Orange liqueur: Use a non-alcoholic orange flavored syrup. 
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the Mezcal, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Agave Syrup: Ensure your agave syrup is organic and labeled as vegan. Some brands process their syrup using animal-derived products. Alternatively, use a vegan-friendly simple syrup.
  • Proceed As Usual: With your vegan-friendly sweetener, follow the original steps to enjoy a delicious vegan Mezcal Margarita.

What is a Mezcal Margarita?

A Mezcal Margarita is a smoky, citrusy cocktail made of Mezcal, lime juice, orange liqueur, and agave syrup. It’s relatively easy to make if you have the ingredients and a basic understanding of mixing cocktails. This drink is a variant of the well-known Margarita, with the critical difference being the use of Mezcal instead of tequila. The substitution gives it a distinctive smoky flavor that differentiates it from its more famous cousin.

A side shot of a Mezcal Margarita cocktail in a margarita glass on a round yellow placemat placed on a wooden table surrounded by half lime, two limes in a green bowl and a maroon cloth, in front of a plant and a black background

What is a Mezcal Margarita made of – The ingredients

A Mezcal Margarita requires these specific ingredients:

  • Mezcal: This is the cocktail’s base spirit, providing a smoky and earthy flavor that distinguishes Mezcal Margarita from other margaritas.
  • Lime Juice: Adds a tangy citrus note, balancing the sweetness and enhancing the overall flavor profile.
  • Agave Nectar: This natural sweetener complements the smokiness of Mezcal, adding depth and complexity to the drink.
  • Orange Liqueur: Introduces a hint of orange flavor, adding another layer of citrus to complement the lime juice and balance the smoky Mezcal.
  • Salt (for rim): Enhances all other flavors in the cocktail and provides a savory contrast to the sweet and sour elements.
  • Ice: Chills the cocktail, making it more refreshing and diluting the intense flavors just enough to make them palatable.

Mezcal, orange liqueur, lime juice, agave syrup, and lime laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Mezcal Margarita?

Our step-by-step manual makes it easy for you to create a delicious Mezcal Margarita:

1
<p>Start by chilling your cocktail glass. This can be done by filling it with ice and setting it aside while you prepare the rest of the drink.</p>

Start by chilling your cocktail glass. This can be done by filling it with ice and setting it aside while you prepare the rest of the drink.

2
<p>To balance the flavors, add a half ounce of agave syrup. This natural sweetener complements the smoky and citrusy flavors without overpowering them.</p>

To balance the flavors, add a half ounce of agave syrup. This natural sweetener complements the smoky and citrusy flavors without overpowering them.

3
<p>Add one ounce of fresh lime juice to the shaker. The lime juice adds a tangy freshness that balances out the smokiness of the Mezcal.</p>

Add one ounce of fresh lime juice to the shaker. The lime juice adds a tangy freshness that balances out the smokiness of the Mezcal.

4
<p>Follow this with half ounce of Cointreau. This orange-flavored liqueur adds a touch of sweetness and complexity to the drink.</p>

Follow this with half ounce of Cointreau. This orange-flavored liqueur adds a touch of sweetness and complexity to the drink.

5
<p>Pour one ounce and a half of Mezcal into the shaker. Mezcal is a smoky Mexican spirit that gives this Margarita its unique flavor.</p>

Pour one ounce and a half of Mezcal into the shaker. Mezcal is a smoky Mexican spirit that gives this Margarita its unique flavor.

6
<p>If you like a salted rim of your chilled glass, discard the ice from it and run a lime wedge around the rim of your glass.</p>

If you like a salted rim of your chilled glass, discard the ice from it and run a lime wedge around the rim of your glass.

7
<p>Then, dip the wet rim of your chilled glass into the salt to stick the salt.</p>

Then, dip the wet rim of your chilled glass into the salt to stick the salt.

8
<p>Next, fill your cocktail shaker with ice. The ice is crucial as it dilutes and chills the ingredients properly.</p>

Next, fill your cocktail shaker with ice. The ice is crucial as it dilutes and chills the ingredients properly.

9
<p>Now, it's time to shake everything together. Secure the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. This mixes the ingredients and chills them to the perfect temperature.</p>

Now, it's time to shake everything together. Secure the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. This mixes the ingredients and chills them to the perfect temperature.

10
<p>Once you've shaken the ingredients, fine strain the contents of the shaker into your chilled cocktail glass. This removes the ice and pulp from the lime juice, resulting in a smooth and refreshing drink.</p>

Once you've shaken the ingredients, fine strain the contents of the shaker into your chilled cocktail glass. This removes the ice and pulp from the lime juice, resulting in a smooth and refreshing drink.

11
<p>Finally, garnish your Mezcal Margarita with a lime wheel. This makes the drink look more appealing and adds a final touch of flavor.</p>

Finally, garnish your Mezcal Margarita with a lime wheel. This makes the drink look more appealing and adds a final touch of flavor.

Variations

Intrigued by different variations? We share our most cherished ones here:

  • Mezcal Paloma: Swap out tequila for mezcal in the classic Paloma. Mezcal’s smoky flavor contrasts nicely with the grapefruit soda and fresh lime juice, adding depth and a touch of sophistication.
  • Spicy Mezcal Margarita: Jalapeño or habanero peppers introduce a spicy kick. The heat enhances the smokiness of the mezcal, creating a bold and exciting flavor. I love how the spice adds a thrilling dimension, making each sip a little adventure.
  • Mango Mezcal Margarita: Fresh mango juice replaces lime juice, adding a tropical twist. The sweetness of the mango pairs wonderfully with the smoky mezcal, creating a refreshing and exotic combination.
  • Blood Orange Mezcal Margarita: Blood orange juice brings a sweet and tart profile, complemented by the mezcal’s smokiness. The vibrant color and unique citrus flavor make it visually appealing and delicious. I enjoy the boldness of the blood orange; it makes the drink stand out with its striking appearance and flavor.
  • Strawberry Mezcal Margarita: Fresh strawberry puree replaces lime juice, offering a fruity alternative. The sweetness of the strawberries blends seamlessly with the smokiness of the mezcal, resulting in a delightful and refreshing drink.

History and Origin of the Mezcal Margarita

Mezcal, the cocktail’s main ingredient, is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from different spices of agave plant native to Mexico. The name ‘mezcal’ comes from the Nahuatl words ‘metl’ and ‘ixcalli,’ which together mean ‘cooked agave.’ Many believe that the spirit started to be produced when the Spanish conquerors brought the distillation process in the 16th century.

The Margarita, on the other hand, is a relatively newer invention. Its origin story is somewhat disputed, with various tales claiming its creation. One popular story dates back to the late 1930s or early 1940s. It tells of a Mexican restaurant owner who whipped up the concoction to impress a customer allergic to all alcohols except tequila.

A Mezcal Margarita cocktail, shot from above, in a margarita glass on a beige surface surrounded by Mezcal, orange liqueur, lime juice, agave syrup, and lime

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Mezcal Margarita?
A standard Mezcal Margarita contains approximately 200-250 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients and their quantities used in the cocktail.
How strong is a Mezcal Margarita?
The strength of a Mezcal Margarita typically ranges from 20-30% ABV (Alcohol by Volume), translating to 40-60 proof. This depends on the proportion of Mezcal used and its original strength.
What type of alcohol is used in a Mezcal Margarita?
As the name suggests, a Mezcal Margarita uses Mezcal, a distilled alcoholic beverage made from different agave plants native to Mexico.
In what kind of glass is a Mezcal Margarita served?
Traditionally, a Mezcal Margarita is served in a margarita glass with a broad rim for optional salt and a stepped-diameter shape.
What does a Mezcal Margarita taste like?
A Mezcal Margarita offers an intriguing blend of flavors. The smoky flavor of Mezcal contrasts with the tartness of lime juice and the sweetness of agave syrup or triple sec, creating a complex yet balanced taste profile.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Mezcal Margarita?
The typical ratio for a Mezcal Margarita is 3:2:2:1 - three parts mezcal to two parts lime juice and agave syrup, and 1 part orange liqueur. However, some prefer to adjust these ratios to suit their taste preferences.
How is a Mezcal Margarita served with ice?
A Mezcal Margarita is usually served straight-up, meaning it is shaken with ice and strained into a chilled glass. This chills the drink and slightly dilutes the Mezcal, making it smoother.
8. Is a Mezcal Margarita similar to a Tequila Margarita?
While both drinks share some similarities, they are distinct in their ways. The primary difference lies in the base spirit - tequila for a Tequila Margarita and Mezcal for a Mezcal Margarita. Mezcal offers a smokier flavor compared to tequila.
Is the Mezcal Margarita ideal for any type of guests?
Mezcal margarita is actually a perfect serve for those who want to approach mezcal for the first time. The mix softens the power and the smokiness of the Mexican spirit making it approachable for any guests.
What is the origin of the Mezcal Margarita?
The exact origin of the Mezcal Margarita is unclear, but it's likely an adaptation of the classic margarita cocktail, substituting tequila with Mezcal. It has gained popularity recently due to the growing interest in Mezcal worldwide.

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