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Mezcalita

mezcalita with pineapple and jalapeno.

A smokier take on the traditional margarita, the Mezcalita is one of my favorite cocktails to make for customers. The mezcal gives it its distinctive smokey flavor and makes it stand out from the crowd. It’s balanced out with a touch of sugar and fresh lime juice. It’s ideal for those who are seeking adventure. Imagine an adventure in a glass with this drink. It’s more than simply a cocktail.

Tasting Notes

A Mezcalita has a smoky flavor thanks to the mezcal. When you take a sip, you’ll first notice the tartness of lime and the sweetness of orange liqueur. These tastes mix perfectly with a hint of agave syrup, making the drink both sweet and sour. The salt rim adds a savory touch that balances everything out. It’s a drink that brings a lot of different flavors into one glass, making each sip interesting and delightful.

Equipment and Glassware

To make a Mezcalita, you don’t need a lot of fancy equipment. Grab a shaker to mix your ingredients well. You’ll also need a strainer to pour the liquid without getting ice in your glass. For glassware, a chilled rocks glass is perfect. It’s traditionally used for this drink and makes it look really cool, especially with a salted rim. This setup helps bring out the drink’s flavors and makes you feel like a pro while making it.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz mezcal
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz orange liqueur
  • 1/2 oz agave syrup
  • Salt for the rim
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Instructions

  • Start by salting the rim of your rocks glass. Rub a lime wedge around the edge and dip it into salt.
  • In your shaker, combine mezcal, lime juice, orange liqueur, and agave syrup with ice.
  • Shake well until the outside of the shaker feels cold.
  • Strain the mix into your prepared glass filled with fresh ice.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge. Enjoy your Mezcalita!
See also  Orange Crush 

Pro Tips

  • Use high-quality mezcal for the best smoky flavor.
  • Fresh lime juice makes a big difference. Squeeze it right before you make the drink.
  • Adjust the sweetness with more or less agave syrup to taste.

When to Serve

Mezcalitas are perfect for any occasion, but they shine during the summer months. Serve it at BBQs, pool parties, or on a relaxing evening. It’s also a great choice for celebrations or when you want to impress your friends with something special and different.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

For a Mezcalita, the choice of mezcal is key. Look for brands like Del Maguey Vida, Montelobos, or Mezcal Union. These brands offer a great balance of flavor and smokiness, making your cocktail delicious.

Similar Cocktails

  • Margarita: A classic cocktail with tequila, lime, and orange liqueur.
  • Paloma: Tequila mixed with grapefruit soda for a refreshing drink.
  • Smoky Martini: A martini with a mezcal twist.
  • Negroni: Swap gin for mezcal for a smoky version of this classic.
  • Tequila Sunrise: A sweet drink with tequila, orange juice, and grenadine.

History

The Mezcalita is a modern twist on the traditional margarita, swapping tequila for mezcal. It’s gained popularity as more people have started to appreciate mezcal’s unique smoky flavor. The drink reflects a growing trend of exploring traditional spirits in new ways, making old classics exciting again.

FAQs

  • What’s the difference between mezcal and tequila?
    Mezcal can be made from over 30 types of agave, while tequila is made only from blue agave. Mezcal has a smoky flavor because the agave hearts are cooked in pit ovens.
  • Can I make it without orange liqueur?
    Yes, you can use extra lime juice and agave syrup, but the orange liqueur adds depth.
  • Is it strong?
    Mezcalita can be strong, but the mix of flavors makes it very drinkable. Adjust the amount of mezcal to your liking.
See also  13-Must-Try Pineapple Mezcal Cocktails

Enjoy your Mezcalita adventure! This cocktail is a perfect way to dive into the world of mezcal with a delicious and refreshing mix.

How to Make It

mezcalita with pineapple and jalapeno.

Mezcalita

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 oz mezcal
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz orange liqueur
  • 1/2 oz agave syrup
  • Salt for the rim
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Instructions

  1. Start by salting the rim of your rocks glass. Rub a lime wedge around the edge and dip it into salt.
  2. In your shaker, combine mezcal, lime juice, orange liqueur, and agave syrup with ice.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker feels cold.
  4. Strain the mix into your prepared glass filled with fresh ice.
  5. Garnish with a lime wedge. Enjoy your Mezcalita!

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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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