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Mezcal Margarita

Mezcal Margarita

Casa Mezcal has a line of authentic Mexican mezcal, Los Amantes, perfect for a margarita. Mezcal is often seen as tequila’s darker, smokier brother, and is gaining momentum on the mixology scene. The in-demand artisanal spirit is made from the center of the agave plant, the piña, which is cooked in an oven or fire pit (hence its smoky flavor) for several days before being distilled in large vats or barrels. Though mezcal isn’t produced as widely or largely as tequila, there is a growing demand for the spirit in upscale cocktail bars. This is the recipe for the special Mezcal Margarita.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Ounce Los Amantes Joven Mezcal
  • 1 1/2 Ounce Lime Juice
  • 1/2 Ounce Royal Combiere
  • 1/2 Ounce Agave Syrup

MEZCAL MARGARITA

Add a splash of smokiness to a margarita with mezcal. We recommend this cocktail if you love margaritas but are also a mezcal fan who enjoys the hint of smoke.

We’ve heard that the deep rich flavor makes the drink taste strong but the alcohol level is about the same as a standard ‘rita. We love this combo of smooth, mellow IXÁ Silver tequila, with the tartness of lime and the earthiness of mezcal.

Did you know margarita‘s are one of the most popular cocktails in the United States and tequila is the spirit of choice in our home State, California? With all that drinking, it’s good to understand the terms. What’s the difference between tequila and mezcal? When it comes down to semantics tequila is a type of mezcal but here’s an easy way to understand the major differences:

  • Both are made with agave but tequila has more specific regulations
  • Tequila can only be produced from Blue Weber agave (agave tequilana) mainly in the Jalisco region of Mexico
  • Mezcal can be made with many more types of agave and the geographic territories are wider

When choosing mezcal look for a producer who uses traditional methods: roasting the agave hearts in a pit to impart the unique sweet and smoky flavor.

Pair this Mezcal Margarita with any Oaxacan foods especially mole, pisole and tlayuda. If you’re up for it: fried chapulines (crickets) are the perfect crunchy drinking snack.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz IXÁ Silver Tequila
  • 1 oz Mezcal
  • 1 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup

PREPARATION

Combine all ingredients with ice in a shaker tin. Shake until tin goes frosty. Strain into a margarita glass. Garnish with fresh squeezed lime. Step up your game with a salt rim: wet rim of glass, put salt on a plate and dip glass into salt mixture before pouring cocktail.

Combine all ingredients with ice in a shaker tin. Shake until tin goes frosty. Strain into a margarita glass. Garnish with fresh squeezed lime. Step up your game with a salt rim: wet rim of glass, put salt on a plate and dip glass into salt mixture before pouring cocktail.

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MEZCAL MARGARITA

Add a splash of smokiness to a margarita with mezcal. We recommend this cocktail if you love margaritas but are also a mezcal fan who enjoys the hint of smoke. We've heard that the deep rich flavor makes the drink taste strong but the alcohol level is about the same as a standard 'rita. We love this combo of smooth, mellow IXÁ Silver tequila, with the tartness of lime and the earthiness of mezcal. Did you know margarita's are one of the most popular cocktails in the United States and tequila is the spirit of choice in our home State, California? With all that drinking, it's good to understand the terms. What's the difference between tequila and mezcal? When it comes down to semantics tequila is a type of mezcal but here's an easy way to understand the major differences: Both are made with agave but tequila has more specific regulations Tequila can only be produced from Blue Weber agave (agave tequilana) mainly in the Jalisco region of Mexico Mezcal can be made with many more types of agave and the geographic territories are wider When choosing mezcal look for a producer who uses traditional methods: roasting the agave hearts in a pit to impart the unique sweet and smoky flavor. Pair this Mezcal Margarita with any Oaxacan foods especially mole, pisole and tlayuda. If you're up for it: fried chapulines (crickets) are the perfect crunchy drinking snack.

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Mezcal Margarita

Ten year-old brandy, bitters and house-made limonada make for a distinctive, smoky cocktail at Topolobampo, where it is shaken at the table.

Make Ahead: You'll have plenty of leftover limonada, which can be refrigerated for up to 1 week. It's nice mixed with sparkling water.

Where to Buy: The mezcal and brandy called for in this recipe are available through Ace Beverage in Northwest Washington.

Servings:

When you scale a recipe, keep in mind that cooking times and temperatures, pan sizes and seasonings may be affected, so adjust accordingly. Also, amounts listed in the directions will not reflect the changes made to ingredient amounts.

Ingredients
Directions

Wet the rim of a cocktail (martini) glass. Invert it onto a dish of coarse salt to coat the rim.

Fill a cocktail shaker with the ice. Add the mezcal, brandy, limonada and bitters seal and shake vigorously until frothy and cold tiny ice crystals will appear in the drink after about 15 seconds of shaking. Strain into the glass.

Garnish with the lime serve right away.

NOTE: To make the limonada, combine 1 cup of fresh lime juice, 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 1/2 cups of water in a pitcher or glass container. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled. The yield is about 2 3/4 cups.


  • 2 tablespoons chopped jalapeño pepper
  • 2 tablespoons amber agave syrup
  • ¼ cup mezcal
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons triple sec
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Ice
  • Lime wedges & jalapeño slices for garnish

Place jalapeño and agave syrup in a cocktail shaker. Muddle with a wooden spoon handle or a muddling tool, pressing on the jalapeño to release its flavor. Add mezcal, lime juice, triple sec and salt. Half-fill the shaker with ice cover and shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain the mixture evenly into 2 ice-filled rocks glasses. Garnish with lime wedges and jalapeño slices, if desired.


From Classic to Mezcal, 4 Favorite Margarita Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Is your margarita game ready for Cinco de Mayo?

Si, sabemos, this day of fiesta of all things Mexico—originally celebrating a defining Puebla battle victory in 1862—started as a money-making beer advertising move in the 1980s.

But, thankfully, defying the commercial-only odds, Cinco along the way evolved beyond “drinko de Mayo.” Today, for many, it’s an annual día of honoring our national Mexican heritage and the amazing accomplishments, traditions and culture of our neighbor to the south.

As you raise your glass in salute of your family’s Mexican roots or in appreciation of all that this país has given the world—including tequila, chocolate, color television and the number zero (thank you, Mayas)—here are 4 favorite family recipes for yet another great Mexican invention: la margarita. This glorious combination of tequila, lime, sugar, Triple Sec (sometimes), ice and salt is, in our humble opinión, el cocktail perfecto anytime of year. And especially in May—the month with the margarita double header: Cinco and Mother’s Day.

Gracias, Familia Kitchen community, for these recipes. Féliz Cinco a todos. ¡Salud y viva Mexico!

The Easy & Amazing Margarita: With 1 Surprising Ingredient

This is a guaranteed-great margarita from our favorite tequila connoisseur MariCarmen Ortiz Conway, who shares her personal recipe for making this delicious margarita. When MariCarmen talks trquila, we listen muy carefully, because she is the real deal. MariCarmen is a renowned tequila connoisseur and educator. In fact, she is MariCarmen is a Tequila Expert,™ a rarely awarded certificate from the Cultura y Capacitación del Tequila, A.C., and an official Catadora or “taster,” among lots of other accreditations.

What makes this margarita so easy? Surprise: it’s a shockingly simple product MariCarmen recommends. Ready? It’s …frozen limeade!(You thought she would only use fresh lime, verdad? Us too.) We made this and it’s everything MariCarmen says. We agree: híjole, está buenísimo. Or, as we say in the U.S.: Wow.

The Classic Margarita: 3 Ingredients and Good to Go!

Three ingredients make this authentic and reliably delicious margarita: Check out the recipe and whip up a batch in 5 minutes. Bonus: This margarita is guaranteed to impress, always, promises MariCarmen. Every time she whips up a big batch, she tells us, friends and family ask for this receta.

The Mezcal Margarita: Más Flavor With Smoky Oomph

“If you are trying to do something different with a cocktail, yet keep it very traditional Mexican, using mezcal in your margarita is a great way to go,” says Familia Kitchen co-founder Ana González Quaid. She and her husband Brian love to make and drink these flavorful drinks that take them back to her homeland’s agave traditions, earth and sun. ”You can taste the plant, you get the smokiness. It’s not filtered by other things,” says Ana. ”It’s pure Mexico in a glass.”

This Mezcal Margarita with Cucumber and Jalapeño is a showstopper for Cinco celebrations.

The Healthy & Delicioso Margarita: No Extra Sugar, Mucho Sabor

Familia Kitchen Healthy & Delicioso editor Naihomy Jerez skipped the simple syrup and Triple Sec ingredients and used two natural juices for flavor: fresh lime and orange juice. Add your favorite tequila and a dash of sparkling water and you’ve got yourself a healthy cocktail. This light and saludable margarita is good and good for you.

This Healthy & Saludable Margarita says no to Triple Sec and simple syrup. Less sugar, less calories—and mucho sabor.


  • 1 can (8 ounces) V8 +Energy® Sparkling Orange Pineapple, chilled
  • 4 fluid ounces mezcal (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3 fluid ounces orange liqueur (like Cointreau)
  • 2 fluid ounces lime juice (about 1/4 cup) (from about 2 limes)
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.  Pour the ingredients into the shaker.  Cover and shake.  Divide the mixture among 4 glasses (rimmed with salt, if desired).  Garnish with orange wedges, if desired.


What is Mezcal?

While standard tequila is made from blue agave, mezcal can be made from many types of agave plants. It comes from a certain region in Mexico, mainly the Oaxaca state.

Mezcal has a smokey flavor. It gets that flavor from the production process. The heart of the agave is roasted to bring out the natural sugars of the agave. The agave is then crushed and fermented before it is distilled.

Mezcal tastes great when paired in cocktails with fresh fruits like citrus and pineapple. It’s mild and mixable. The first time I tried mezcal was in a similar pineapple mezcal margarita. Since then I tried it in a variety of craft cocktails and always go back to this classic recipe.


What is mezcal?

Mezcal is defined as any agave based liquor, and just like bourbon is a type of whiskey tequila is a type of mezcal. Both tequila and other mezcal are made from the piña, or heart, of the agave plant. Tequila is made from blue agave, steamed and distilled several times in copper pots and can only be made in 5 regions of Mexico. Mezcal can be made from up to 30 varieties of agave and in 9 different regions of Mexico. Mezcal is cooked inside pits that are lined with lava rocks, charcoal and wood before being distilled in clay pots. This gives mezcal its smoky taste that I can’t get enough of.


Mezcal Margarita Recipe

Margaritas, but make it smoky: the ultimate mezcal margarita. Complex, simple, boozy, refreshing — mezcal margaritas are everything I love in a cocktail. I have lots of go-to margarita varieties: spicy blackberry margaritas, frozen mango margaritas, watermelon margaritas, blood orange margaritas. But this mezcal margarita is my new favorite.

Whether you are pairing them with tacos or enchiladas, they really hit the spot. When a regular margarita feels to expected or pedestrian, reach for the mezcal and liven up your cocktail night.

One of our favorite Saturday night rituals has been to mix up a batch of cocktails and listen to Retro Cocktail Hour, a KPR syndicated public radio show featuring the best of space age pop, big band, and zydeco.

Now that date nights always mean a night at home, we’re relishing a night of letting loose and dancing while sipping on some cocktails. While Mister BS mostly sticks to gin and tonics, I’ve been mixing it up with this mezcal margarita.

They don’t carry mezcal at our local Ralph’s, the store we most often frequent. So when we made a special trip to Trader Joe’s I happen to notice they had three kinds of mezcal on hand (which isn’t always true, at least at our local store). I was feeling indulgent so got the most expensive kind they carried, knowing I wouldn’t make it to a speciality liquor store any time soon.

I was surprised how smooth yet smoky this was when I used an equal mix of mezcal and silver tequila and a bit of orange liquor and lime juice. Stiff, to be sure, but easy drinking and complex yet refreshing.

If you can’t make it to your favorite taqueria or tiki bar these days, it’s still possible to whip up an amazing cocktail night at home. Put on the retro cocktail hour station (live, or stream an old episode!) and boogie on down in your living room.