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The Best Mezcal Margarita

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 servings

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Smoky, citrusy, and super smooth – this mezcal margarita is made with the freshest of ingredients and is the perfect cocktail for summer BBQs and celebrations alike! 

Top down view of three mezcal margaritas on a wooden cutting board, all garnished with a wedge of lime. On a table with a bowl of limes and peel container with salt, beige linen, and jar of margarita mix.

Mezcal Margarita Recipe

This recipe takes a slight step off the classic path with the use of mezcal and orange juice in lieu of tequila and triple sec. The mezcal adds just the right amount of smoky flavor, and the fresh citrus juices, plus a touch of sweetness from the agave, make for a blended balance of fun flavors. This is such a fun beverage for grilling season and pairs beautifully with the charred flavors of summer!

A mezcal margarita is a twist on the classic margarita made with mezcal, a smoky distilled liquor, in place of the traditional tequila. 

Bottle of mezcal and two mezcal margaritas in mason jars

Mezcal Margarita Recipe Ingredients

To make this easy mezcal margarita, here’s what you’ll need:

Mezcal margarita ingredients on a gray and white marble surface.

For 2 servings:

  • ½ cup of mezcal
  • ¼ cup of fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup of fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon of agave
  • Lime wedges, for garnish
  • Smoky sea salt, for garnish

To scale up, follow these ratios:

  • 2 parts mezcal
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • 1 part fresh orange juice
  • ¼ part agave

Ingredient Modifications

This recipe is simple and delicious as written, but below are some ideas of how you can modify ingredients:

  • Make a mocktail. To make a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail, substitute the mezcal with a ½ cup of Seedlip Spice 94 non-alcoholic spirit.
  • Use triple sec. If you are a fan of the classic triple sec flavor and still want the smoke, sub out the orange juice for triple sec at a 1:1 ratio.

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How to Make a Mezcal Margarita

The process to make this margarita is really easy! Here’s how you’ll do it:

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  1. Add ingredients. Measure and add all your ingredients to a mason jar, shaker, or pitcher (depending on how many margaritas you are making). 
  2. Shake. Shake or stir to combine. You can chill your margarita mixture in the fridge for a couple hours or serve immediately.
  3. Garnish your glass (optional). Use a lime wedge or some of the margarita mix to coat the rim of your glass, then dip your glass in smoky sea salt to garnish the rim. 
  4. Add ice. Add ice to your glass, being careful not to knock the salt off your glass. 
  5. Pour and enjoy. Pour your margarita over the ice, sip, and enjoy!

Frozen Mezcal Margarita

You can also make a frozen margarita if you want something extra cool and refreshing. Here are a couple of options:

  • Use ice. For a quick frozen mezcal margarita, add a few scoops of ice to a blender with your margarita mix and blend on high until incorporated. 
  • Freeze the citrus. If you are planning in advance and want a creamier, slushier frozen marg, freeze your lime and orange juice in an ice cube tray. Then, add the frozen juices plus the mezcal and agave to a blender and blend on high until smooth.

A frozen margarita is made by blending the margarita mix with ice or frozen ingredients, while “on the rocks” margaritas are simply the liquid margarita mix served over ice.

Side view of three mezcal margaritas on a wooden cutting board.
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Q What is the difference between tequila and mezcal?
A

There are a couple of distinct differences between tequila and mezcal, which really come down to what type of agave plant they’re made from and where (and how) they are produced. Both are made from agave, but mezcal can be made from over 30 species of the plant, while tequila is made specifically from the Weber blue agave plant. The agave plants used for mezcal are often roasted underground in pits before distilling, which gives the inherent smoky flavor. The agave plant used for tequila is processed by steaming in ovens. 

Q Does mezcal taste different than tequila?
A

Mezcal has a rich, bold, smoky flavor while tequila tends to be smoother and a little sweeter. 

Q What does Mezcal taste like?
A

Mezcal has a savory, smoky flavor that is rich and full on the tongue.

Q Is Mezcal stronger than tequila?
A

It’s hard to say! While the flavor of mezcal may be more predominant than that of tequila, they both range from about 35-55% ABV (alcohol by volume), so it really depends on which type of mezcal or tequila you want to compare. 

Q Can I substitute mezcal for tequila in margarita?
A

Mezcal makes for a great substitute for tequila in margaritas if you want to add a smoky note to the drink. 

Q What tequila is best for margarita?
A

The answer to this may depend on who you ask and what their preference is, but generally speaking, a silver or blanco tequila is a great option for margaritas. Silver or blanco tequilas are young, mild-tasting tequilas that mix well into a variety of flavor profiles. 

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Smoky Mezcal Margarita

By: Cassy Joy Garcia
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Smoky, citrusy, and super smooth – this mezcal margarita is made with the freshest of ingredients and is the perfect cocktail for summer BBQs and celebrations alike!

Ingredients  

For 2 servings:

  • 1/2 cup mezcal
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon agave
  • lime wedges, for garnish
  • smoky sea salt, for garnish

To scale up, follow these ratios:

  • 2 parts mezcal
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • 1 part fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 part agave

Instructions

  • Add all your ingredients to a mason jar, shaker, or pitcher (depending on how many margaritas you are making).
  • Shake or stir to combine, then chill the margarita mixture in the fridge for a couple hours or serve immediately.
  • Use a lime wedge or some of the margarita mix to coat the rim of the glass, then dip the glass in smoky sea salt to garnish the rim.
  • Add ice to the glass, careful not to knock off the salt.
  • Pour the margarita over ice, sip, and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Smoky Mezcal Margarita
Amount per Serving
Calories
183
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sodium
 
1.9
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
13.7
g
5
%
Fiber
 
0.2
g
1
%
Sugar
 
10.2
g
11
%
Protein
 
0.4
g
1
%
Vitamin A
 
1
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
29
mg
35
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe Notes

To make a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail, here’s what you’ll use:
  • ½ cup Seedlip Spice 94 non-alcoholic spirit
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon agave
You can also make a frozen margarita if you want something extra cool and refreshing. Here are a couple of options:
  • For a quick frozen mezcal margarita, add a few scoops of ice to a blender with your margarita mix and blend on high until incorporated.
  • If you are planning in advance and want a creamier, slushier frozen marg, freeze your lime and orange juice in an ice cube tray. Then, add the frozen juices plus the mezcal and agave to a blender and blend on high until smooth.
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Cassy Joy Garcia

HOWDY! I’m Cassy Joy and I am just so happy you’re here. I’m the founder, Editor-in-Chief, and Nutrition Consultant here at Fed and Fit. What started as a food blog back in 2011 has evolved now into so much more.
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  1. Christine says

    Christine —  04/08/2022 At 13:17

    Can I substitute simple syrup or honey or anything else for agave?

    • Melissa Guevara says

      Melissa Guevara —  04/11/2022 At 19:25

      Absolutely! Feel free to use your favorite sweetener and add as much or as little as you like depending on your preference. -Melissa

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