7 Refreshing Mezcal Summer Cocktails to Enjoy All Season Long

Welcome to your guide on refreshing summer mezcal cocktails, featuring Del Maguey’s artisanal mezcals. Dive into classic favorites, innovative recipes, and tips for crafting the perfect summer drinks.

Classic Mezcal Cocktails for Summer

1. Mezcal Margarita

Example of a refreshing and delicious Mezcalita

A smoky adaptation of the classic margarita, the Mezcal Margarita incorporates the distinctively smoky flavor of Del Maguey’s mezcal, balanced with the tartness of lime juice and the sweetness of triple sec and agave syrup.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 shots of Del Maguey Vida Collection
  • 3/4 shot of fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 shot of triple sec
  • 1/6 shot of agave syrup
  • Salt for the rim (optional)
  • 8 drops of margarita bitters
  • Ice cubes


How to make it:

Begin by moistening the rim of your glass with a lime wedge and dipping it in salt. In a shaker, combine all the ingredients and shake vigorously for about 15-20 seconds. Strain the mixture into your prepared glass, ensuring the ice stays in the shaker. Garnish with a lime wheel or wedge and enjoy the smoky nuances of the Mezcal Margarita.

2. Mezcal Paloma

Mezcal Paloma Cocktail: one of the quintessential Mexican traditional drinks

The Mezcal Paloma is a zesty, refreshing drink that blends mezcal with grapefruit soda, lime juice, and agave syrup. Del Maguey Vida Collection enhances the citrus notes, making this cocktail a perfect summer refresher.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 shots Del Maguey Vida Collection
  • 1 1/2 shots pink grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 shot lime juice
  • 1/3 shot agave syrup
  • Toms Henry Pink Grapefruit soda (or another brand)
  • Salt for the rim (optional)
  • Grapefruit or lime wedge for garnish
  • Ice cubes


How to make it: 

Moisten the rim of your glass with a grapefruit or lime wedge and dip it in salt. In a shaker, combine mezcal, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and agave syrup, then add ice. Shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds. Strain the mixture into the prepared glass and top with grapefruit soda. Garnish with a grapefruit or lime wedge.

Innovative Mezcal Cocktail Recipes

3. Mezcal Negroni

The Mezcal Negroni offers a bold blend of smoky mezcal, bitter Campari, and sweet vermouth. Using Del Maguey Vida Clásico, this cocktail is rich and complex, perfect for those who enjoy a sophisticated flavor profile.


Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Del Maguey Vida Clásico
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 oz Amaro
  • Orange peel, for garnish


How to make it: 

Fill a mixing glass with ice. Add Del Maguey mezcal, sweet vermouth, and Amaro. Stir gently for about 30 seconds until well-chilled. Strain into a rocks glass with large ice cubes. Express the orange peel over the glass and use it as a garnish.

4. Mezcal Manhattan

A smoky twist on the classic Manhattan, the Mezcal Manhattan features Del Maguey’s rich mezcal, sweet vermouth, and a dash of bitters, creating a robust and intriguing drink.


Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Del Maguey Vida Puebla
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • A cherry or an orange twist for garnish


How to make it:

Chill your cocktail glass in the freezer. In a mixing glass, combine mezcal, sweet vermouth, and bitters with ice. Stir well until chilled, then strain into the chilled glass. Garnish with a cherry or an orange twist.

Fruity and Refreshing Mezcal Cocktails

5.  Polar Bear

The Polar Bear cocktail blends mezcal with vermouth blanc, crème de menthe, and angelica tincture for a refreshing and exotic summer drink. This unique combination provides a cooling minty flavor with a hint of herbal complexity, making it an ideal choice for hot days.


Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces of mezcal
  • 3/4 ounce blanc vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce crème de menthe
  • 6 drops angelica tincture



How to make it: 

Fill a mixing glass with ice. Pour in the mezcal, blanc vermouth, crème de menthe, and angelica tincture. Stir gently until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint or a lemon twist for an extra touch of elegance.

6. Ready Fire Aim

Ready Fire Aim blends mezcal with spicy and fruity elements like pineapple juice and a dash of hot sauce, offering a bold and refreshing cocktail that’s perfect for summer. The combination of smoky mezcal and the tropical sweetness of pineapple creates a dynamic flavor profile, enhanced by a touch of heat.

Ingredients:

  • 1.75 oz mezcal
  • 0.75 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz honey-pineapple syrup
  • 0.5 oz lime juice
  • 3-4 dashes of smoked chili bitters



How to make it: 

Prepare the glass by chilling it with ice or placing it in the freezer. In a cocktail shaker, combine all the ingredients with ice cubes. Shake vigorously until well-chilled. Double-strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass, ensuring to pour some of the foam for texture. Garnish with freshly ground pink peppercorn for an added touch of spice.

7. Tia Mia

Tia Mia is a tropical delight that mixes mezcal with orange curaçao, orgeat syrup, and lime juice, offering a refreshing and unique cocktail for hot summer days. The combination of smoky mezcal and almond-flavored orgeat syrup creates a rich, layered drink.


Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Del Maguey Vida Puebla mezcal
  • 1 oz white rum
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz orgeat syrup (almond syrup)
  • 1/2 oz orange curaçao
  • Lime or mint for garnish (optional)



How to make it: 

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the mezcal, white rum, lime juice, orgeat syrup, and orange curaçao. Shake vigorously until well combined and chilled. Fill a glass with crushed ice and strain the cocktail into it. Garnish with mint and a lime wedge for a refreshing finish.

Tips for Making the Best Summer Mezcal Cocktails

Mezcal’s unique smoky flavor and versatility make it an excellent base for summer cocktails, blending well with various ingredients. Del Maguey offers several varieties like Vida Clásico, Vida Puebla, and Vida de Muertos used in these cocktail recipes. Balancing flavors like sweet, sour, smoky, and spicy is key, and garnishes such as citrus slices, herbs, and edible flowers enhance both visual appeal and taste.

Enjoying Your Summer with Del Maguey Mezcal Cocktails

Experiment with different ingredients and flavor combinations to discover your favorite mezcal cocktails. Del Maguey’s artisanal mezcals, known for their quality and distinctive smoky flavor, provide a versatile base for endless creativity, making them perfect for refreshing summer drinks.