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