Mezcal is now more popular than ever and is consistently among the menus of top bars and restaurants. More brazen drinkers may enjoy mezcal on its own, but for drinkers who favor less intensely flavored spirits, it can seem daunting to try. We've selected three cocktails that are approachable for both the mezcal lover and the first timer.
Mezcal Pineapple Margarita
Smoky and sweet-tart, you'll want to drink this margarita variation all year long! A split spirit base of both mezcal and tequila, this is a perfect introductory cocktail to the delicious world of mezcal. Recipe for Mezcal Pineapple Margarita.
Mezcal Grapefruit Julep
A classic julep build with a citrus punch and hint of smoke Not quite as strong as you'd expect, this sipper is surprisingly refreshing. Recipe for Mezcal Grapefruit Julep.
Mezcal and whipped citrus juice adds both flavor and texture to the 70's tequila drink. A small amount of orange liqueur helps round out the flavor profile, for an interesting cocktail that also makes a great brunch drink. Recipe for Mezcal Sunrise.
Regardless of your familiarity with mezcal, we highly recommend Emma Janzen's exceptional book Mezcal. Filled with stunning images as well as both original and classic cocktail recipes, this book is the perfect introduction to the world of mezcal, as well as an indispensable addition to the collections of agave spirits fans everywhere.