The Mezcal Margarita: A Smokey Serenade


Ah, the Margarita – an emblematic cocktail that conjures images of sunny beach days and vibrant parties. While the traditional recipe is cherished by many, my personal favorite rendition features the smoky allure of Mezcal, coupled with the tang of lime and the sweetness of dry curaçao. Let’s delve into the history, flavors, and magic of the Mezcal Margarita.

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The Classic Margarita: A Glimpse into the Past

The Margarita, Spanish for “daisy”, has origins that are as cloudy as a shaken cocktail. Some say it was created in the 1930s or ’40s in Mexico as a spin-off of the Brandy Daisy. Others credit Texan socialite, Margarita Sames, for blending it as a party drink. Regardless of its origin story, it’s undeniable that this cocktail has danced its way into the hearts (and glasses) of many.

The Mesmerizing Mezcal

Before we delve into the recipe, let’s demystify Mezcal. Distinct from Tequila, which is a type of Mezcal, this spirit is derived from the heart of the agave plant, traditionally cooked inside earthen pits. This gives Mezcal its signature smoky taste. Hailing from various regions of Mexico, Mezcal offers a depth of flavor that’s unparalleled, making it a fascinating base for our Margarita.

Tasting Notes

Upon the first sip, you’re greeted with the smoky warmth of Mezcal, harmoniously balanced with the citrusy notes of lime and dry curaçao. The subtle sweetness of agave nectar elevates the flavors, ensuring they don’t overpower each other. The Tajin rim introduces a zest and spice, adding an exciting kick to each sip. It’s a symphony of flavors – smoky, sweet, tangy, and spicy – playing in perfect concert.


While the Margarita’s history may be swathed in mystery, there’s no ambiguity about its place in the world of cocktails. This Mezcal rendition offers a fresh twist to a timeless classic, promising an immersive taste journey that’s both familiar and novel. Whether you’re a Margarita maven or a Mezcal novice, this drink promises a fiesta for your taste buds!

Mezcal Margarita

Dive into the smoky allure of the Mezcal Margarita. Explore its history, the essence of Mezcal, and savor the perfect blend of tangy, sweet, and smoky flavors.
5 from 1 vote
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 1 Drink
Calories 174 kcal


  • 2 oz Mezcal
  • 1 oz dry curaçao
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 oz agave nectar
  • Tajin to rim


  • Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake vigorously until well-chilled.
  • Double strain into a Tajin-rimmed coupe glass.
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