This MEZCAL MARGARITA is grain free and refined sugar free, and it is delicious and refreshing to boot. For those of you who are thinking “maybe not” to mezcal, I hope to change your mind with this drink.
I’ve recently become a fan of this smoky spirit, but I realize that it can be a tough sell for some people, even those who love tequila. I still think there is that pre-conceived notion of the inferior product that people have imbibed in the past and the worm (ugh) at the bottom of the bottle. I’m happy to tell you that the mezcal sold today has come a long way. Mezcal is delicious sipped on its own with an orange twist or mixed in a cocktail.
MEZCAL vs TEQUILA
- Mezcal and tequila are both made from agave plants.
- Tequila is made from blue agave only. Mezcal can be made from a number of different types of agave, including blue agave.
- Mezcal gets its smoky, almost savory flavor from the production process, where the heart of the agave plant is cooked in earthen pits before fermentation in clay or copper pots. In comparison, tequila is cooked (usually steamed) before fermentation in copper or steel pots.
- Fans of scotch are drawn to mezcal with its complex smoky flavors. (FYI- I’m not a fan of scotch, but I love the smoky characteristics of mezcal in a well made cocktail.)
Because of it’s distinctive flavor, I don’t recommend substituting out tequila for mezcal in your cocktails. However, I do recommend that you venture out from your usual cocktail habits and try a mezcal based cocktail. I think this mezcal margarita is a great place to start.
To balance the smoky, savory notes of the mezcal, this cocktail just uses lime juice and honey syrup as the sweetener. Honey is a wonderful complement to the mezcal with its earthy notes. I know you will enjoy this cocktail. Cheers!
MEZCAL MARGARITA | paleo, grain free, no refined sugars
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Category: drink
- 2 oz mezcal
- 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 oz honey syrup (see notes)
- crushed ice
- Tajin or Trader Joe’s Chili Lime Seasoning – to rim glass
- Place all ingredients, except Tajin/chili salt, in a shaker with ice.
- Shake until ingredients are incorporated.
- Strain into a low ball glass rimmed with chili salt.
- Enjoy. Cheers!
To make honey syrup, take 1/2 c honey and 1/2 c water and place in a small saucepan. Heat over med low until honey is dissolved. Cool and transfer to a jar. You will only need a small amount for this recipe. Store remaining syrup in the fridge for future use.
This cocktail can be easy mutiplied for a pitcher.
Keywords: mezcal, alcoholic beverage, tequila, lime