The Story Behind The Mezcal Margarita

This Margarita employs the talents of mezcal, tequila’s lesser-known, agave-based cousin. Mezcal imparts this cocktail with a smokiness that tempers the citrusy and tart elements in a traditional Marg. While not as easy-drinking as the original, this rendition is every bit as enjoyable for those who look to venture beyond the bounds of their typical blancos, reposados, and añejos.


  • 2 ounces mezcal
  • 1/2 ounce orange liqueur (like triple sec or Cointreau)
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce agave nectar
  • Garnish: salt rim, lime wheel


  1. Rim a rocks glass with salt and set aside to dry.
  2. Combine mezcal, orange liqueur, lime juice, and agave in a cocktail shaker.
  3. Add ice and shake until cold.
  4. Strain into salt-rimmed glass with fresh ice.
  5. Garnish with lime wheel.

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Yield: 1
Calories: 159
Updated: 2022-08-01

The Mezcal Margarita Recipe

Mezcal Margarita FAQ

Can you substitute mezcal for tequila in a Margarita?

Yes, you can substitute mezcal for tequila in a Margarita. If you plan to use mezcal in your Marg, we recommend using a split base of mezcal and tequila to tame the smoky notes of the former.

What does a Mezcal Margarita taste like?

Mezcal is a fascinating spirit, carrying smoky flavors that are not present in its agave-based cousin, tequila. As such, a Mezcal Margarita will have a bold smokiness somewhat tampered down by the addition of sweetening agents like agave nectar and orange liqueur. The spirit is a perfect complement to the tart citrus flavors of the classic Margarita.