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5 Easy Cocktails You Can Make from a Mezcal Bottle

. 4 min read . Written by Edd Siu
5 Easy Cocktails You Can Make from a Mezcal Bottle

So you bought a great bottle of mezcal (without the damn worm). You've probably been drinking mezcal straight (hopefully sipping, not shooting it!)

For many, Mezcal is unchartered territory. But there's no need to fear. An amazing kaleidoscope of flavors awaits you if you allowed yourself to explore (or let yours truly, the Drink Spirit Guide to lead the way!)

So what are some of the best cocktails you can make if you have a bottle of mezcal?


In this guide, we'll be making these delicious mezcal cocktail recipes:

Mezcal Margarita
Mezcal Old Fashioned
Mezcal Mule
Mezcal Sour
Mezcal Daiquiri

But first, I need to give you a quick briefing:

Ilegal Mezcal bottle

Some Basics

A great cocktail recipe should elevate the base spirit—in this case, mezcal. Any ingredients that go in it, must be in service of, complement or add more complexity to the mezcal.

Your modifiers (aka your mixers) should not overpower it.

A slow and passionate dance

A great mezcal has complex, assertive but subtle flavors. They want to dance slowly, passionately. You can't just hit it and quit it. You have to wine and dine it.

Mezcal is not a dominant and bold muse, like say, Sophia Loren or Tom Cruise. Mezcal is more like a Natalie Portman and Pierce Brosnan. Quality mezcal takes a long time and a masterful hand to make. It's mysterious, difficult to find, and expensive. So treat it accordingly!

A word of caution

Here's an important thing to keep in mind when it comes to using mezcal in cocktails.

making mezcal cocktail variations

If you're just starting on your mezcal journey, you might be inclined to think that mezcal is all about the smoke. This is technically true, the smoke note is what makes mezcal unique—but there's a lot more flavor complexity to it—along with it is a tapestry of exotic fruit and spice notes as well.

Generally, the note of smoke in mezcal is not as dominant (in your face) as the smokey (peaty) notes on an Islay scotch whiskey.

When it comes to cocktails, you have to be careful not to overpower the mezcal. So what are some of the best mezcal cocktails you can make?

Let's get shaking and mixing

These are 5 simple and easy mezcal cocktail recipes that you can make at home:

♪ Here are some vibes to go accordingly.

Mezcal Margarita

Mezcal Margarita

Ingredients

  • 2 oz mezcal
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • .75 oz agave nectar

Directions
Add ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Rim glass with salt or tajín. Strain into a rocks glass with ice. Check out the detailed recipe guide here. Garish with a lime wheel.

See detailed recipe


Mezcal Old-Fashioned

Mezcal Old Fashioned

Ingredients

  • 2 oz mezcal
  • .25 oz agave nectar (or one barspoon if you want it less sweet)
  • 1 dash angostura bitters (or Bittercube Corazon bitters)

Directions
Add ingredients into a mixing glass. Stir until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with a orange peel.

Mezcal Mule

Mezcal Mule

Ingredients

  • 4 oz ginger beer (Fevertree or Q tonic brands)
  • 2 oz mezcal
  • .5 oz lime juice

Directions
Add mezcal and lime juice into a copper mug or tall glass with ice. Top with ginger beer. Give it a light stir. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Mezcal Sour

Mezcal Sour

Ingredients

  • 2 oz mezcal
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • .5 oz simple syrup (2:1 ratio)
  • 1 egg white

Directions
Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Reverse dry shake. Serve into a chilled coupe glass.

Mezcal Daiquiri

Mezcal Daiquiri

Ingredients

  • 2 oz mezcal
  • .75 oz lime juice
  • .5 oz simple syrup (2:1 ratio)

Directions
In a tall glass with ice, add mezcal. Top with mezcal. Lightly stir. Garnish with lemon peel.

Alternatively, you can use .75 oz of a 1:1 simple syrup ratio. The rich simple syrup helps give the cocktail some body (a bit of a thicker consistency).

making mezcal cocktails at home

That's all!

Remember, if you're making your own mezcal cocktail recipe variations, always respect the mezcal. Make it shine.

Hasta la próxima!