5 recipes for simple, tequila-free cocktails

5 recipes for simple, tequila-free cocktails

by Rachel Foo 09 Oct 2018

Say you just had a long day of work and would like to unwind with a nice cocktail in hand. However, you don’t do too well with tequila. Fret not, for there is mezcal – tequila’s smokier cousin to the rescue! Mezcal is produced in specific regions of Mexico and made from more than 30 varieties of agave. Its production process gives it a distinct flavour profile that lends itself very well to cocktail recipes such as the ones we’ve listed below:

 

Honey and smoke mezcal cocktail

Ingredients

For the cocktail:

  • 1 part honey simple syrup
  • 2 parts mezcal
  • 2 parts ginger beer
  • Juice from 1/2 lime

For the honey syrup:

  • 1 part honey
  • 1 part water

Instructions

To make the honey simple syrup:

  1. Boil water and pour over honey.
  2. Whisk to combine.

To make the cocktail:

  1. Combine simple syrup, mezcal, and lime juice in tumbler.
  2. Shake for 10 seconds.
  3. Pour over ice and top off with ginger beer.
  4. Garnish with lime slice.

*Optional glass garnish: Salt rim of glass with Jalapeño salt or sea salt.

 

Cara cara mezcal sour

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. mezcal
  • 1 oz. cara cara orange juice
  • 1/2 oz. lemon
  • 1/4 oz. agave
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 orange wheel (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Crack the egg and remove the yolk.
  2. Pour the egg white into the larger side of a two-sided shaker.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the smaller side of the shaker.
  4. Pour the smaller side of the shaker into the larger side and dry shake.
  5. Open the shaker, add ice and shake again.
  6. Shake hard.
  7. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with an orange wheel.

 

Smoky + spicy mezcal paloma

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. mezcal
  • 2 oz. freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon flaky sea salt
  • Zest of half a lime
  • 1/8 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • Sparkling water
  • Lime wedges (for wiping rim of glass)
  • Grapefruit wheel (for garnish)

Instructions

To make the simple syrup:

  1. Pour the sugar and water into a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Remove from heat once the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Allow to cool before using in cocktail.

To make the cocktail:

  1. Combine the salt, lime zest and chili powder in a shallow dish.
  2. Wipe the rim of a glass with a lime wedge and roll it in the salt mixture.
  3. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the mescal, grapefruit juice, and simple syrup.
  4. Shake for 10 seconds until the shaker is cold.
  5. Pour into salt-rimmed glass and top off with sparking water and a few ice cubes.
  6. Garnish with a grapefruit wheel.

 

Watermelon-basil mezcal margarita

Ingredients

  • Flaky salt for rimming the glass
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 3 oz. fresh watermelon juice
  • 2 oz. mezcal
  • 3 cups cubed watermelon
  • Watermelon cut into roughly ½-inch cubes
  • Lime wedges
  • Bamboo skewers

Instructions

  1. Trim your bamboo skewer so that it's about 1-inch taller than the cocktail glass you plan to use.
  2. Thread a cube of watermelon onto the skewer, a lime wedge, and a basil leaf.
  3. Repeat until the skewer is full.
  4. Briefly set skewers aside.
  5. Place your cubed watermelon in a blender and puree until smooth.
  6. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a glass or mason jar.
  7. If you like a salt rim on your margarita, pour some flaky sea salt onto a small plate.
  8. Moisten the rim of your cocktail glass and dip it in the salt.
  9. Add the basil leaves and lime juice to a cocktail shaker and muddle gently.
  10. Add the watermelon juice, mezcal and a few ice cubes and shake vigorously to combine.
  11. Strain the margarita into the rimmed cocktail glass and garnish with a decorative fruit skewer (if you like).

 

Kombucha mezcal mule

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. mezcal
  • 5 oz. ginger kombucha
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • Lime wedges
  • Mint leaves

Instructions

  1. Put some ice in a cocktail glass.
  2. Pour the mescal over the ice.
  3. Pour the ginger kombucha and lime juice over the iced mezcal.
  4. Gently stir with spoon to combine.
  5. Garnish with a lime wedge and mint leaves.

 

It’s always nice to treat yourself every once in a while, and these recipes are simply perfect if you’re planning to have some friends over for dinner. You might be tempted to knock back your fair share of drinks, but remember to know your limits and always stay hydrated when consuming alcohol (a glass of water between drinks works great!).

 

References

https://greatist.com/eat/mezcal-cocktail-recipes