3 Bulletproof Mezcal Cocktail Recipes

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You already know Mezcal is the flavour of the month. Or year. Or entire bloody decade. It’s popularity is erupting in all good bars, whether that’s in the UK, US or elsewhere.

And drinkers are starting to catch on, with every passing day it seems they become more ntrigued as to how they should be imbibing Tequila’s smoky cousin.

If someone doesn’t want their Mezcal the traditional Mexican way - sipped slowly & straight up -  you better have some cocktail recipes up your sleeve. There’s nothing worse than fumbling around with the shaker as you try to invent the next Margarita in your head.

And who better to ask than Agave spirits aficionado Phil Bayly? He’s one of the world’s foremost experts on Mezcal, describing the stuff as the “single malt of Agave spirits” on Ep #8 of Living Proof.

This is what Phil would say if you asked him for a few bulletproof, go-to Mezcal cocktail ideas.

I dare you not to salivate while reading these:

Mezcal Negroni

Phil’s favourite cocktail is a popular one. The all-time classic Negroni, but twisted by jettisoning the gin for mezcal.

Are you really looking to impress? Go all out on the vermouth component by using the Antica Formula. 

  • 1 part mezcal
  • 1 part Campari
  • 1 part sweet vermouth (Antica formula, says Phil)

Build all the ingredients over ice in an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a slice of orange.

Mezcal Mule

If you’re looking to try something not so spirit forward, this is your jam.

Phil explains: “A negroni for some people is a bit too complex, they don’t want to go there.” The answer? “A mezcal Mule! Fresh and light, using Bundaberg ginger beer and a little dash of agave.”

You won’t find a more steadfast recipe than this adaptation by Jim Meehan, taken from the PDT Cocktail book .

  • 1 1/2 ounces mezcal
  • 1 ounce ginger beer
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce passion fruit purée
  • 1/2 ounce agave nectar
  • 3 slices cucumber

Muddle cucumber and agave syrup before shaking all the ingredients with ice. Strain over a chilled rocks glass. Garnish with cucumber and candied ginger.

Smoky Tommy’s Margarita 

Last, but certainly not least, is this slight deviation from a trusted cocktail recipe that already showcases tequila. A Tommy’s Margarita uses Agave syrup instead of the traditional triple sec and is served on the rocks.

This version of the Tommy’s uses Mezcal in place of the tequila, in order to, as the name suggests, add a wonderfully smoky note.

  • 3 parts mezcal (or 2 parts mezcal and 1 part tequila)
  • 2 parts fresh lime juice
  • 1 part Agave nectar

Shake all ingredients with ice and serve on the rocks with a salt around the rim of the glass.

You can find Living Proof on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.