The Best Mezcal Cocktail Recipes for Summer 2022

If you still believe mezcal is a joke with a worm as punch line, it’s time to catch up. With celebrity fans (LeBron James, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul have launched their own brands) and billions of dollars in sales, mezcal is now the second fastest growing spirit in the world, according to the United States Distilled Spirits Council.

So what makes Mexico’s small-batch liqueur so appealing? Like tequila, mezcal is based on agave. But while tequila is made exclusively from the blue Weber variety (which is steamed in industrial ovens), mezcal can contain up to 50 different agave varieties, which are roasted in rock-lined pits, giving it a telltale tang or full-bodied flavor. of smokiness.

The results are fiercely unique — making for a kaleidoscope of cocktail riffs, like the one here, courtesy of your favorite Hamptons haunts.


Smokey Way

Thanks to Yes Yes at EHP Resort & Marina295 Three Mile Harbor Hog Creek Road, East Hampton
Doug Young

2 oz. Peloton de la Muerte Mezcal • ½ oz. spiced agave syrup • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice • 1 oz. fresh pineapple juice • Spritz of Laphroaig 10-Year-Old Scotch Whiskey • Sage Leaf Garnish

Combine mezcal, agave syrup, lime juice, and pineapple juice in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Spritz a double rocks glass with the Laphroaig Whiskey. Add a large ice cube and strain the cocktail over it. Garnish with the sage leaf.


Well here’s another nice Mezcal you got me in

Well, here's another fun mezcal you got me into: Courtesy of Deborah Lee, The Green Room at Sag Harbor Cinema, 90 Main St., Sag Harbor
Thanks to Deborah Lee, The Green Room at Sag Harbor Cinema90 Main St., Sag Harbor
Doug Young

2 oz. Yola Mezcal • oz. Combine Crème de Cassis • ½ oz. Ancho Reyes Verde Chili poblano liqueur • Lime garnish

Fill a shaker with ice and pour in mezcal, crème de cassis and liqueur. Shake well and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with the lemon wheel.


El Chapo

El Chapo: Courtesy of Dining Car, 74A Montauk Highway, Amagansett
Thanks to dining car74A Montauk Highway, Amagansett
Doug Young

1 oz. Mezcal for two men • ½ oz. 123 Organic White Tequila (one) • ¾ oz. lime juice • ½ oz. Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur • 1 oz. mashed guava • ¼ oz. agave syrup

Fill a shaker with ice. Add all ingredients and shake well. Rim a double rocks glass with chipotle salt and fill with ice. Strain the cocktail into the glass.


Mezcal Negronic

Mezcal Negroni: Courtesy of Moby's, 341 Pantigo Road, East Hampton
Thanks to Moby’s341 Pantigo Road, East Hampton
Doug Young

1 ounce. Martini & Rossi Sweet Vermouth • 1 oz. Campari • 1 oz. Ojo de Tigre Mezcal • 2 dashes of chocolate bitters • Orange twist for garnish

Fill a double rocks glass with ice. Pour in the vermouth, Campari and mezcal. Add the chocolate bitters and stir until chilled. Garnish with the orange twist.


Start mixing (and sipping) these masterful mezcals

Madre Espadin Mezcal

There’s a ripe, rich fruitiness to this 100% espadin mezcal, making it a nice swap for classic cocktails, such as a Jack Rose or a boozy stirred Negroni. With an average alcohol content of 40%, it’s also a great gateway for the uninitiated

Madre Espadin Mezcal;  $36 at Astor Wines & Spirits, 399 Lafayette St., NYC
Madre Espadin Mezcal$36 at Astor Wines & Spirits, 399 Lafayette St., NYC

Lobos 1707 Mezcal

Founder Diego Osorio pays tribute to his Spanish and Mexican roots with this grassy, ​​slightly smoky offering. It spends some time in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks and adds a distinctly salty layer of dried fruit to the flavor profile—something Mezcal-loving investor LeBron James can’t get enough of.

Lobos 1707 Mezcal;  $65 at Syosset Wine Cellar, 40 Cold Spring Road, Syosset, LI
Lobos 1707 Mezcal$65 at Syosset Wine Cellar, 40 Cold Spring Road, Syosset, LI

Distant and Alone Mezcal

Serious mezcal aficionados, take note. Made in Lachilá, Oaxaca, this 42% ABV assemblede from espadin and cuishe agave, made by mezcalero Silvestre Cruz Fabian, is not shy in its petrol-like, rubber-meets-the-road aromas and spicy, full-bodied taste.

Lejana Y Sola Mezcal $69 at Race Lane Wines & Liquors, 21 Race Lane, East Hampton
Distant and Alone Mezcal $69 at Race Lane Wines & Liquors, 21 Race Lane, East Hampton
Zachary Goulko

The Seven Mysteries “Doba-Yej” Mezcal

Made in alembic copper pot stills, this 44% ABV, limited production, from brothers Eduardo and Julio Mestre, is as delightful to drink alone as it is mixed into summery spritzy cocktails, with its lovely notes of spring lilac and lime zest. .

The Seven Mysteries
The Seven Mysteries “Doba-Yej” Mezcal$37 at Amagansett Wines & Spirits, 203 Main St., Amagansett

The producer “Ensamble” Mezcal

“Ensamble” is made in earthen kilns and crushed by traditional stone tahonas, pulled slowly back and forth by Oaxacan donkeys. Aside from the authentic imagery, this blend of both espadin and cuishe agave is surprisingly delicate, with a distinctly fresh floral nose, soft sweetness and a hint of smokiness.

The producer
The producer “Ensamble” Mezcal$47 at Mash And Grape

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