Mezcal and summer go together like peanut butter and jelly. The agave spirit’s vegetal smokiness pairs well with other hot weather delights like tropical fruits, bubbly sodas and fresh juices. From a tall frozen libation to a spicy green juice Margarita, these are the six mezcal cocktails we’ll be sipping all summer.
6 Mezcal Cocktails for Summer Sipping
Pamplemousse, aka grapefruit, is our favorite flavor of La Croix, especially because it pairs so well with mezcal in this bittersweet tipple. Aperol highlights the grapefruit’s bright, citrusy sweetness while St-Germain adds some floral depth.
La Croix Pamplemousse
Mezcal joins forces with tequila in this garden-fresh Margarita variation. Kale juice is just the thing to give the drink its deep green hue and make you feel like you’re drinking just a bit healthier.
Ancho Reyes Verde
We love drinking out of tropical fruits, and this hydrating cocktail fits the bill. Blend together mezcal, fresh coconut water, lime juice, honey syrup and a touch of saline solution to create a frosty frozen refresher.
Equal parts mezcal and Ancho Reyes Verde gives this drink a spicy, smoky flavor that will cool you down on the hottest of days. Piquant ginger beer adds an extra zing along with bunches of bubbles to make it especially perky.
Ancho Reyes Verde
White rum, mezcal and Aperol come together with ginger, apple cider and cinnamon syrup to give this frozen drink a deep, rich flavor. While it’s perfect for summer, we also love sipping it during the hot, hazy days of September.
This take on the Mai Tai from Ivy Mix of Brooklyn’s Leyenda splits the base between rum and mezcal to create a funky, tropical, smoky flavor. Garnish it with an orchid and serve it to friends with a spicy meal to really make it shine.