We’ll be the first ones to tell you that you should get to know mezcal neat, as it is traditionally imbibed, because that experience is quintessential to understanding the flavors of the smoky spirit. But once you’ve found your perfect mezcal match, it won’t be long until you start to think about how those flavors would work in a bright, citrusy Margarita. Spoiler: They work really well in the classic cocktail. If you’re cautious about using the agave spirit in a more creative mezcal cocktail, the Margarita is the perfect place to start because the rest of its ingredients perfectly complement the smoky spirit instead of trying to fight it.
Whether you choose a mezcal that’s grassy, fruity, earthy or downright funky, the classic Sour format works well to showcase the spirit’s full, tasty potential while allowing its signature smoke to shine all around the palate. Just don’t use anything too expensive. We prefer the Tommy’s Margarita formula for all of our Margs, which skips fruity liqueur in favor of cleaner agave syrup because it especially enhances the fresh flavors of agave spirits. We also tend to make our Mezcal Marg on the tart side, with double the citrus to sweetener, but you should feel free to play around with this ratio as your particular mezcal requires.