Tastiest Mezcal Cocktail Recipes for 2021

By  //  April 15, 2021

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Mezcal is a versatile and flexible spirit that works with just about any mixer depending on the aspects you wish to highlight.

You can feature the smokier flavor, bring out an earthier tone on your palette or create a pairing that covers mezcal’s taste completely.  Try out these three amazing tasty drinks for 2021.

The Tiger Lily

The light, refreshing nature of this simple mezcal drink makes it perfect for spring and early summer.  This is super easy and quick to make.

■ 1 ½ ounces Mezcal

■ 1 ½ ounces Pineapple Juice

■ 2 ounces Ginger Beer

■ Pineapple Slices or Lime Wedge for garnishing

How to Make It

Pour in all ingredients in a glass with ice, add the garnish and sip while watching the sunset.

The Division Bell

The combination of maraschino, orange and lime with notes of grapefruit accent the earthy, smokiness of mezcal.  Named after Pink Floyd’s album, this drink is perfect for spring, summer and the earliest parts of autumn.  This recipe serves one.

■ 1 ½ ounces Mezcal

■ ¾ ounce Aperol

■ ½ ounce Maraschino Liqueur

■ ¾ ounce fresh lime juice

■ 1 twist of grapefruit

How to Make It

With ice, shake all the ingredients together and strain into a glass.  Twist a peel of grapefruit over the top and throw it away.

Especiado Cocktail

The herbal blast of cocktail is fantastic for late summer and through the autumn with the warming comfort of cinnamon and allspice.  The touch of hibiscus gives a lovely floral bouquet that contrasts well with mezcal.  You can find hibiscus flowers as tea bags at the store, at Mexican grocers or through bulk herb suppliers.

■ 12 ounces Mezcal

■ 12 cups Water

■ 2 cups Dried Hibiscus Flowers

■ 1 cup Light Brown Sugar

■ 8 Whole Cloves

■ 6 Dried Allspice Berries

■ 4 Rosemary Sprigs

■ 2 Cinnamon Sticks

■ 3 pods of Star Anise

■ Sliced and halved Lemons for garnish

How to Make It

Four days before, make an herbal infusion by bringing 12 cups of water to boil with the cloves, rosemary, star anise, cinnamon sticks and hibiscus flowers.  Let this simmer for about an hour; until the mixture reduces to around six cups.

Strain through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth into a large bowl.  Throw away the used herbs, then cover and chill the infusion.  You can do this within four hours but the four-day waiting period allows the flavors to settle and meld.

Add mezcal to the infusion and mix well.  Pour into a pitcher and serve in a rocks glass with crushed ice.  Garnish with the lemon.  You can also add a cinnamon stick and star anise pod.

Mezcal Magic

If these recipes don’t get your mouth watering, you can always try your own variations and concoctions to suit your taste and preferences.  Don’t like brown sugar?  Try honey instead.  Not a fan of grapefruit?  Replace it with lemon.  If pineapple juice isn’t your thing, you can use pomegranate or orange juice. Get creative and have fun on a journey of enjoyment with mezcal!