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Mezcal Old Fashioned

. 3 min read . Written by Edd Siu
Mezcal Old Fashioned
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Using Mezcal in an Old Fashioned cocktail format is an excellent way to showcase the spirit, especially if you have a nice bottle of Mezcal.

By Old Fashioned format, I mean 1 part any spirit of your choice, some sweetener, and bitters—served on the rocks.

If you have a great bottle of Mezcal, you'll want only to drink it neat (especially since it was expensive). However, there are Mezcal cocktail recipes you can make that still do great service to the Mezcal with ingredients that complement, enhance, and showcase the Mezcal in a different and beautiful light.

A few notes on the recipe

In this Mezcal Old Fashioned recipe, the Mezcal is the start of the show—It's the sole carrier of the team. I've tasted about 20ish different Mezcal, and so far, my everyday go-to has been Banhez Espadin & Barril. It's a subtle but confident mezcal—floral, fruity, and sweet. Very gentle on the smoke. Great flavor for a great price. Great on cocktails and also fantastic on its own.

Banhez Mezcal Artesanal de Oaxaca
Mezcal is one of the many great contributions to humanity from Oaxaca, Mexico. 

The light agave nectar syrup helps give the cocktail body (silky mouthfeel) and help carry the flavors. Stick to a light syrup as opposed to raw, since you run the risk of muddling the high notes of your Mezcal.

The bitters you use are extremely important since it will add a spark of extra flavor to the cocktail. In this recipe, I use one dash of Corazon bitters from Bittercube that will add notes of coffee, chocolate, oregano, and a bit of spice. One dash, and one dash only. Less is more. If you don't have any on hand, Angostura bitters is a good substitute—you probably already have it in had or easier to find.

The finishing touch for this Mezcal Old Fashioned—the rug that ties the room together—is the caramelized orange oils.

Let's do this.


2 oz Mezcal
1 barspoon light agave nectar
1 dash Bittercube Corazon bitters




Orange peel


Clear whiskey glass

Ice Type

Clear ice rock


If you're using an ice rock, you can assemble the drink in the rocks glass. This will be more practical with slightly less cleanup.

mezcal cocktail ingredients

In a rocks class, add the bitters, mezcal and one barspoon of agave nectar—in this specific order. (I'm using Ilegal Mezcal joven here, the Corona virus shut down my Banhez supplier.)

add mezcal into rocks glass
add barspoon of agave nectar into glass

Gently add your ice rock.

gently are clear ice rock

Stir the ice rock to get some dilution. Any agave sticking to the barspoon will dissolve into the drink.

stir ingredients with a barspoon

Slice off an orange peel, express the oils in towards a flame—towards your cocktail.

express orange peel oils
caramelize the orange oils

Trim and twist the orange peel and garnish.

trim orange peel
garnish with orange peel