Recipe of Mezcal Margarita: the Del Maguey’s twist on a Classic

Example of a refreshing and delicious Mezcalita

When we think of a refreshing, zesty cocktail that embodies the spirit of Mexico, the Margarita often comes to mind. A classic Margarita combines the tang of lime, the sweetness of triple sec, and the warmth of tequila. But for the adventurers in search of a deeper, smokier experience, the Mezcalita offers an intriguing alternative

Mezcal Margarita: The Origins

The origins of the Margarita remain a mystery, with various tales attributing its creation to different bartenders and socialites between the 1930s and 1940s.

The Mezcalita on the other side is a relatively newer innovation. As mezcal gained international recognition and appreciation, bartenders around the world began to experiment by substituting tequila with its smokier counterpart.

Ingredients for a Perfect Mezcalita

  • 1 and half shot of Mezcal
  • 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
Ingredients and step by step for Mezcalita preparation

Step-by-Step Preparation of the Mezcalita

  • Preparation of Glass: Begin by moistening the rim of your glass with a lime wedge. Then, dip the rim into salt to coat it evenly. This step is optional but adds a delightful contrast to the drink’s flavors.
  • Mixing the Cocktail: In a shaker, combine all the ingredients.
  • Shake it up: With the lid securely fastened, shake the mixture vigorously for about 15-20 seconds.
  • Pour and Garnish: Strain the concoction into your prepared glass, ensuring you don’t pour the ice from the shaker into the glass. Finish by garnishing with a lime wheel or wedge.
  • Enjoy: Sip and savor the smoky nuances of the Mezcalita.

Perfecting Your Mezcalita

When it comes to creating the perfect Mezcalita, a few tweaks can elevate your cocktail experience. Remember, the secret is in the details:

  • Quality Over Quantity: Always use high-quality ingredients. Freshly squeezed lime juice, for instance, can make a world of difference in taste compared to bottled versions.
  • Chill Your Glass: Before preparing the cocktail, chill your glass in the freezer for about 10 minutes. A cold glass helps maintain the drink’s temperature and enhances its flavors.
  • Balancing the Flavors: If you prefer a less tangy drink, adjust the lime juice to your preference. Alternatively, for a sweeter touch, you can add a dash of simple syrup or agave nectar.

Mezcal Margarita Variations

The classic Mezcalita is just the beginning. Here are some intriguing twists to add variety to your mezcal adventures:

Spicy Mezcal Margarita

Muddle a slice of jalapeño or serrano pepper in the shaker before adding the other ingredients for a spicy twist. If you want a complete guide for this cocktail, check our amazing recipe to make the perfect spicy margarita

Frozen Mezcalita

For those scorching summer days, blend all the ingredients with ice for a refreshing frozen Mezcalita.

Fruity Mezcalitas Variations

Infuse your cocktail with a splash of fresh fruit juices like pineapple, mango, or passion fruit for a tropical take on the Mezcalita.

Choosing the Best Mezcal: Del Maguey’s Signature Spirits

Hand holding a Del Maguey Mezcal Vida Puebla bottle

When crafting a Mezcalita, the choice of mezcal can define the cocktail’s character. At Del Maguey, we pride ourselves on producing mezcals that are not just authentic but also bring the rich traditions of Oaxaca to every sip.

Our Del Maguey Vida Collection is the perfect collection to create this classic cocktail and enhance it with its rich, smoky nothes and a smooth finish.