Mezcal Margarita

Mezcal Margarita Recipe, Ingredients and Prep Method

Mezcal, often hailed as tequila’s smoky cousin, brings a depth of flavor that few other spirits offer. When paired with the zesty and tangy flavors of a margarita, it creates the Mezcal Margarita — a wonderful cocktail that is both refreshing and rich.

Originating from the heart of Mexico, this distilled alcoholic beverage is made from the maguey plant. For margarita enthusiasts, this combination is nothing short of a match made in heaven.

What is Mezcal?

While tequila might dominate the global spotlight, mezcal has a rich history that dates back centuries. Produced primarily in Oaxaca, Mexico, mezcal is made from various types of agave plants. On the other hand, blue agave is the main ingredient of tequila.

Traditionally, the agave hearts are roasted in pits, lending mezcal its characteristic smoky flavor. This ancient beverage has been enjoyed by generations. When you infuse it into the popular margarita wer’re discussing today, you’re in for a treat.

The Unique Ingredients of a Mezcal Margarita

  • Mezcal: Unlike tequila, which is distilled from blue agave, mezcal can be produced from over 30 types of agave, contributing to its wide variety of flavors. It’s the smoky counterpart to tequila and is the star of our Mezcal Margarita.
  • Citrus: Freshly squeezed lime or sometimes even grapefruit juice complements the earthy notes of mezcal, balancing the cocktail with acidity.
  • Sweetener: Agave syrup is a common choice, aligning with the agave origin of the mezcal. It provides a natural sweetness without overpowering the drink.
  • Salt: While optional, a salted rim can enhance the flavor profile of the margarita, adding a savory touch to counterbalance the sweetness.

Perfect Mezcal Margarita Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Calorie Count: Approximately 200-250 calories per serving (calories can vary based on specific ingredients and proportions)

Ingredients (in parts and ml)

  • Mezcal: 2 parts (60 ml)
  • Fresh lime juice: 1 part (30 ml)
  • Agave syrup: 0.5 parts (15 ml)
  • Ice cubes: As required


  1. Start by chilling your glass. Fill it with ice and set it aside.
  2. Using the Interplay cocktail shakers, combine the mezcal, fresh lime juice, and agave syrup.
  3. Add ice to the shaker until it’s about three-quarters full.
  4. Shake well using the Interplay cocktail shaker for about 15-20 seconds.
  5. Discard the ice from the now-chilled glass.
  6. Strain the mixture into the glass.
  7. If desired, you can garnish with a lime wheel or a sprig of fresh herbs for added flair.

Garnishing Options

  • Lime wheel or wedge
  • A sprinkle of chili powder or a chili salt rim for some heat
  • Fresh herbs such as mint or cilantro
  • A slice of cucumber or a small slice of jalapeño for a refreshing yet spicy touch

For those interested in exploring other margarita variations, we have comprehensive articles on the Skinny Margarita, Skinny Spicy Margarita, Tommy’s Margarita, and the Italian Margarita. Check them out to expand your cocktail repertoire!

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