Mezcal Margarita Recipe

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This Mezcal Margarita recipe is a firm favorite among folks who like a hint of smokiness in their mixed drinks. When added to a Margarita, a good mezcal will impart some captivating flavor notes that bring to mind freshly cut grass, honey, citrus, asparagus, and (some say) the sweetness of rain on the wind just before the water falls. Quite spectacular… 

Here is our best Mezcal Margarita recipe to try at home.  



Use a good quality mezcal like Montelobos Espadín – it strikes the fine balance between smokiness and brilliant green agave.


Place your glasses in the freezer for 10 minutes before serving up your cocktails.


Zest up your salt rim by adding finely grated lime zest to the mix.



1 Person

2 Oz

60 Ml

2 Parts

0.5 Oz

15 Ml

0.5 Parts

1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

Lime juice, freshly squeezed
0.5 Oz

15 Ml

0.5 Parts

Agave syrup
Lime wheel and salt to garnish



Add the mezcal, orange liqueur, lime juice, and agave syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake until well chilled


Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice


Place the salt in a saucer, wet the rim of the glass, and dip it to salt the rim


Garnish with a lime wheel, and serve

What makes a Mezcal Margarita so special?

Mezcal cocktails are having a moment right now, and with good reason. While both tequila and mezcal are made with the agave plant, these popular Mexican drinks are crafted differently, resulting in entirely different flavors.  By adding a great mezcal like Montelobos Espadín to this time-honored drink, you can turn it into something smoky, delicious, and a little boujee to boot.  

Amazing variations of the Mezcal Margarita to DIY

Once you’ve discovered the joys of shaking up a Margarita cocktail, we can almost guarantee that you will want to put your own spin on it eventually. Here are a few recipes to play around with when you do:  

Spicy Mezcal Margarita recipe

Like things hot? Whip up an easy-peasy Jalapeño Mezcal Margarita recipe. All you need to do is add some freshly sliced jalapeños to the cocktail shaker when you mix up the rest of the ingredients to impart a kiss of spice.  

Frozen Mezcal Margarita recipe

Mezcal Margarita recipes are very easy to adapt if you like a slushie texture. You simply add all the ingredients to a blender with some extra ice and pulse it until you achieve the level of cool, frostiness you prefer.  

Skinny Mezcal Margarita recipe

The best Margarita recipe with mezcal for folks who are trying to keep things lean is the skinny version of this popular drink. Simply leave out the agave syrup to bring down the caloric value of the cocktail. You could also use orange extract instead of orange liqueur.  

Orange Mezcal Margarita recipe

If you love the sweetly tart notes of orange in this Margarita recipe with mezcal, you could add orange juice instead of lime juice. Technically, this swap would inch your drink out of the ‘official’ Margarita category, but it will be delicious nonetheless.  

More zesty goodness: 8 Orange Liqueur Cocktails That Zest the Best  

Ideal occasions to serve a Mezcal Margarita

Our smoky Mezcal Margarita recipe is so good that we tend to serve it up at just about any shindig you can name, but there are a few occasions that really call for this level of suaveness. This includes:  

Mexican parties

It kind of goes without saying that a Mexican-themed party isn’t exactly a Mexican party without some Margaritas in the mix. Serve it up with some mini tacos, ceviche, and churros for dessert, and you’ve got yourself the makings of a really tasty time.  

Birthday parties

Bubbly, wine, and beer are all good and well, but every birthday celebration needs a signature cocktail – especially if you are throwing a surprise party and want to push out the boat to treat the birthday human to something extra special. 

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Mezcal mixes well with just about anything tequila does. It's an easy substitution to make, and takes a Margarita into a very interesting flavor space. This is especially true when you use a high-quality mezcal like Montelobos Espadín that strikes the perfect balance between green agave, cooked agave, smoke, and wild fermentation.

When added to a Margarita, mezcal adds savory and smoky notes that bring to mind freshly cut grass, honey, citrus, asparagus, and (some say) the sweetness of rain on the wind just before the water falls.