How to Make a Mezcalita | Mezcal Margarita Recipe

The Mezcal Margarita, or “Mezcalita” is an adventurous twist on the classic margarita. This cocktail blends the smoky richness of mezcal with the bright zest of lime and the smooth sweetness of orange liqueur. Whether you’re a long-time mezcal enthusiast or just dipping your toes into these smoky waters, the Mezcalita offers a tantalizing taste experience. For those who prefer a sweeter edge, a touch of agave nectar or simple syrup does the trick. It’s bold, it’s smoky, it’s a delightful variation on an old favorite.

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Mezcal Margarita

Also known as a mezcalita, the mezcal margarita is a smoky variation on the classic.

Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Margarita
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 196 kcal


  • 2 parts mezcal
  • 1 part orange liqueur
  • 1 part fresh squeezed lime juice
  • agave nectar or simple syrup for sweetening
  • ice
  • salt for the rim


  1. Optional salt rim: Rub a lime wedge around the rim of the glass and then dip into a plate of salt.

  2. In a shaker, mix the mezcal, orange liqueur, and lime juice with ice. Add agave nectar or simple syrup if you prefer a sweeter taste.

  3. Shake until mixture is chilled.

  4. Strain the cocktail into the prepared glass.

  5. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Nutrition Facts
Mezcal Margarita
Amount Per Serving
Calories 196
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Can you mix mezcal and tequila together for the margarita?

Yes, you can mix mezcal and tequila for a unique twist. This combination blends the smokiness of mezcal with the familiar taste of tequila.

Mezcal Margarita vs. Tequila Margarita?

Mezcal provides a smoky depth to the margarita, while tequila offers a smoother, sweeter, and more traditional flavor profile. Check out our classic margarita recipe.

Can you use orange juice for mezcal margaritas?

Yes, orange juice can be used in mezcal margaritas. It adds a fresh, citrusy flavor and can help balance the smokiness of mezcal.

Tips for making mezcal margaritas in large batches

When making large batches, mix the ingredients in a pitcher. Maintain the same ratios and adjust to taste. Serve over ice to keep the margaritas chilled without dilution.

Bartender’s Note:

When making a Mezcalita, the quality of mezcal is key. Choose a mezcal that you enjoy sipping on its own for the best flavor. The smokiness of mezcal is the star here, so let it shine through. Remember, the balance of smoky, sweet, and tart makes for the perfect Mezcal Margarita.

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