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Smokey Spicy Mezcal Margarita w/ jalapeno and cilantro...a refreshing twist! |

Mezcal Margarita

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A delicious “healthier” recipe for Mezcal Margaritas- with smoky mezcal, fresh citrus,  jalapeno, cilantro….smoky, spicy, and oh so refreshing! Designed for the “grown-up” palate. If you like Scotch, you’ll love this.


Units Scale
  • Optional- 4 -6 slices of jalapeno
  • Optional- 1/4 cup cilantro sprigs (optional)
  • 2 ounces lime juice (or sub part other citrus- orange, mandarin or grapefruit)
  • 3 ounces Mezcal
  • 1 1/2 ounces Orange Liqueur ( Ciontreau, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec
  • 23 teaspoons agave, Honey Simple Syrup or maple syrup


  1. Rub the rims of 2 glasses with lime, then dip the rims into a small plate of salt. Fill the glasses with ice. Place the jalapeño and cilantro into a shaker (Or use a jar with a lid). Muddle. Add ice to ⅔ full.
  2. Add lime juice and or other citrus.Add the Mezcal, Orange liqueur and sweetener of choice. ( see note).
  3. Shake well and taste- adjusting sweetness and lime. Find the right balance ( for you!).
  4. Pour into the salt-rimmed glasses, over ice, or serve strained and up like a martini.
  5. Garnish with a lime slice.


Sweetener: If using another citrus instead of lime ( like orange, mandarin or grapefruit) you will most likely need less sweetener. If using just limes, you may need more sweetener. So taste it! 🙂

Spicy Rim: To make a spicy salt rim, mix salt with smoked paprika and chili powder and a pinch of sugar.

One fluid ounce = 2 tablespoons


  • Serving Size: 2 margaritas
  • Calories: 243
  • Sugar: 21.3 g
  • Sodium: 4.3 mg
  • Fat: 0.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25.3 g
  • Fiber: 0.3 g
  • Protein: 0.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg