Discovered mixing with mezcal? This beauty of a Mexican spirit adds smokiness, depth and complexity to some already awesome cocktails – it’s definitely a spirit worth experimenting with! Here are a few mezcal cocktails that will rock your cocktail-shaped world…
The Mezcal Paloma
Also known as ‘The Palomaesque Cocktail’, a creation by mixologist Scott Baird, the tequila is swapped for mezcal and fresh grapefruit juice is used, along with the sweet Italian wine, Cocchi Americano. Still thoroughly Mexican, this version of a Paloma conjures up hot, sultry Mexicano nights.
Basil Cranberry Julep
Use mezcal instead of bourbon for this smoky version of a classic julep. The mezcal with the tart cranberry and the fragrant basil creates a heady, herbaceous concoction, which is pure summer when served with loads of crushed ice.
Shake mezcal with Benedictine, lemon juice, orgeat and egg white, pour over ice and serve with a garnish of grated nutmeg and an orange twist. This is a classically excellent mezcal cocktail, with a deliciously tart bite, which is softened by the silky egg white.
Ginger’s Lost Island
Mezcal and ginger are an amazing firey combination. Created by Bryan Dayton, Ginger’s Lost Island comprises of mezcal mixed with cardamom, cinnamon and ginger liqueur, resulting in a bombastic marriage of flavours from Mexico and India.
Jewel of Oaxaca
Mango, lime, ancho chilli syrup… sounds awesome already? Just add some of that earthy, woody mezcal and you’ve got a tropical party in a hot tub! Strain and serve in a sexy coupe and accept that adoration that will be showered upon you.