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. The Mezcal Marg is no shrinking violet. It’s bold, refreshing, and currently one of the most popular cocktails on the planet. Take a look at the full list and see what other drinks made the cut. 

The Best Margarita Ingredients:

Read on for the Mezcal Margarita Recipe!


  • 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: 2024-05-23

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.