This smoky take on a margarita has become my new go-to cocktail to whip together at home. Mezcal has a distinct taste that gets it’s flavor from slow-roasted and distilled hearts of agave plants – it’s tequila’s smokier cousin. I like combining the two liquors so that the smokiness isn’t overpowering in the cocktail.
Pair this twist on a classic Mexican margarita with some fish tacos for a complete Cinco de Mayo celebration.
coarse kosher salt
1 ounce silver tequila
1 ounce mezcal
1 ounce cointreau
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
½ ounce agave
Add kosher salt to a small bowl wide enough for the mouth of the glass to fit in. Rub the lime wedge around the rim of the glass then dip in the salt.
Add the tequila, mescal, cointreau, lime juice and agave to an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously then pour over the tumbler filled with ice.
Makes 1 (8-ounce) glass.