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Ok, tequila, margaritas and Mexican food go hand and hand, but have you ever had mezcal? Tequila technically is a type of mezcal, but all mezcals are not tequilas. Confusing, right? They’re both made from the agave plant, but the distillation process is different. All in all, mezcal cocktails are smokier, more flavorful and bolder! Definitely worthy of your Cinco de Mayo celebration!
Mezcal can attribute it’s smoky flavors to the distillation process. Traditionally the agave is baked inside pit ovens that are filled with hot rocks, wood, and charcoal. They are later mashed, fermented and then distilled in clay pots.
They are also typically made in small batches, so the flavor profiles are more intense. Are you a mezcal fan now? Get your hands on a bottle and try these cocktails out ASAP!
Side note, since Cinco de Mayo will probably look very different this year, these mezcal recipes will help with staying festive and safe at the same time! They’re fairly simple to make, and most of the recipes require few ingredients so have fun with it!!
Grapefruit Mezcal Cocktail via The Wicked Noodle
Mezcal Margarita via How Sweet Eats
Honey & Smoke Mezcal Cocktail via By Gabriella
Pineapple Mezcal Recipe via Vine Pair
Fresh Peach Mezcal Cocktail via Simple Seasonal
Cucumber Mezcal Margaritas via Hola Jalapeno
The Oaxacan Slushie: Strawberry, Mezcal, Lime and Beet via The Artful Desperado
Mezcal Cocktail with Hibiscus and Cilantro via Bon Appetit
Rosemary Mezcal Apple Cider via Kale and Caramel
Smoky Spice Mezcal Paloma via All Purpose Flour Child
5th & Adams, a Mezcal Cocktail via Imbibe Magazine
Smoked Cocktail: A Smoky Mezcal Negroni via Nomageddon
Lemony Lime Island Mango Mezcal Breeze via Half Baked Harvest
Smoke & Mirrors Mezcal Cocktail via Imbibe Magazine
Watermelon-Basil Mezcal Margarita via Domesticate ME
Prickly Pear Mezcal Mule via Freutcake
Cara Cara Mezcal Sour via Arsenic Lane
Rosemary Coconut Milk Mezcal Cocktail via The Tipsy Mule on The Feed Feed
Michelada Oaxaqueña via Camille Styles
Pineapple and Mint Mezcal Smash via By Gabriella