Mezcal Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

Dive into the world of artisanal cocktails with Del Maguey, where we redefine the classic Manhattan by introducing the smoky touch of mezcal. The following recipe will take you through the creation of a Mezcal Manhattan, a cocktail that marries the timeless allure of a Manhattan with the distinct, smoky flavors of Oaxaca’s finest mezcal.

Ingredients for a Mezcal Manhattan drink

To craft this exceptional cocktail, you’ll need:

  • 2 oz Del Maguey Mezcal
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • A cherry or an orange twist for garnish

How to make the perfect Mezcal Manhattan cocktail

Follow this detailed step-by-step guide to preparing a Mezcal Manhattan cocktail to remember:

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

Mezcal Manhattan cocktail variations to explore

The Mezcal Manhattan goes beyond being merely a cocktail; it’s an invitation to explore and discover new flavors. Let’s dive into how the classic Manhattan gets a new twist with mezcal, creating different versions of the drink for all tastes and occasions.

The Oaxacan Manhattan

This variation pays homage to the vibrant flavors of Oaxaca, substituting sweet vermouth with a dash of agave syrup to complement the mezcal’s smoky notes. A twist of orange peel adds a citrusy aroma, making the Oaxacan Manhattan a lighter, more refreshing version of its classic counterpart. Perfect for those seeking a sweet yet smoky cocktail experience.

The Spicy Mezcal Manhattan

For those who prefer their drinks with a bit of a kick, the Spicy Mezcal Manhattan incorporates a slice of jalapeño into the mix. This addition introduces a subtle heat that contrasts perfectly with the sweetness of the vermouth and the deep smokiness of the mezcal. Ideal for those who enjoy a spicy kick in their smoky and sweet cocktail.

The Manhattan Mezcal Sour

Combining the rich flavors of the Mezcal Manhattan with the smooth feel of a sour, this variation features a splash of lime juice and a bit of egg white. The acidity from the lime cuts through the smokiness of the mezcal, while the egg white gives the drink a creamy foam, creating a balanced cocktail with layers of flavor and texture.

Each of these variations on the Manhattan cocktail showcases the versatility of mezcal, inviting you to explore beyond the traditional boundaries of cocktail making. Whether you’re drawn to the refreshing zest of the Oaxacan Manhattan, the bold spiciness of the Spicy Mezcal Manhattan, or the balanced complexity of the Manhattan Mezcal Sour, there’s a Mezcal Manhattan variation waiting to be discovered and savored.

Selecting the best mezcal for your Manhattan

Hand holding a Del Maguey Mezcal Vida Puebla bottle

The key to a superb Mezcal Manhattan lies in the choice of mezcal. Del Maguey’s Vida Puebla mezcal offers a range of flavors that can transform your cocktail experience. From the subtly smoky to the robustly peaty, select a mezcal that best complements your cocktail’s profile.

Story and facts behind the Mezcal Manhattan

While the classic Manhattan has roots in New York City’s bar scene of the late 1800s, the Mezcal Manhattan is a contemporary twist that reflects the global appreciation for mezcal. This cocktail shows how flexible the spirit is and how easily it fits into well-loved classics.

Conclusion: Mastering the Mezcal Manhattan drink

Whether you’re a seasoned mixologist or new to the world of cocktails, the Mezcal Manhattan offers a unique opportunity to explore the rich flavors of mezcal while enjoying the classic structure of a Manhattan. Dive into the world of Del Maguey, and let your creativity lead the way to mastering this smoky, sophisticated cocktail. We encourage you to try either the classic cocktail and the different Manhattan cocktail recipes variations or explore other Mezcal cocktail recipes.