mezcal cocktail recipes for summer entertaining

Mezcal cocktails are great all year long but due to the spirit's origin in the hot Mexican sun, it probably serves best on warm summer days. As we emerge from a cold and wet spring, it's time to start preparing for those summer cocktails!


green chili margarita photo credit karl steuck

Green Chile Margarita

2 oz St. George Green Chile Vodka
1oz Lime
½ oz Cointreau
Shake all ingredients with ice, then strain into a glass filled with ice

frozen watermelon flecharita

Flecha Azul Frozen Watermelon Flecharita

2 oz Flecha Azul Tequila Blanco
1/2 oz Agave syrup
1/2 oz Fresh lime juice
2 Dashes of Angostura bitters
1-2 handfuls of watermelon cubes

Directions: Add two handfuls of ice and watermelon cubes into a blender and blend until it's a chunky texture - do not over blend.
Add remaining ingredients and give one or 2 quick blends. Pour into a rocks glass and garnish with a watermelon wedge.

flecha spicy margarita

Flecha Spicy Margarita

2 oz Flecha Azul Blanco Tequila
¾ oz fresh lime juice
¾ oz triple sec
3 jalapeno slices
Tajin rim
Method: Muddle jalapeno slices in a cocktail shaker, add ice and all remaining ingredients. Shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass with ice. Enjoy!

sunrise in oaxaca

Sunrise in Oaxaca

2oz. Dos Hombres Espadín Mezcal
2Tbsp. Grenadine
4oz. Fresh Orange Juice
Directions: Add Dos Hombres and orange juice with ice into a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into Collins glass. Slowly pour in grenadine. Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry. Enjoy the sunrise!
party punch mezcal

Party Punch

2 Cups Dos Hombres Espadin Mezcal
1 ½ Cups Pomegranate Juice
½ Cup Fresh Orange Juice
¼ Cup Lime Juice
⅛ Cup Orgeat Syrup
2 Cups Blood Orange Soda
Directions: Add all ingredients to a punch bowl, add ice, stir to incorporate. Garnish with orange slices, lime slices, and pomegranate seeds. Enjoy with friends!

mango jalepeno

Mango Jalapeño

2oz. Dos Hombres Espadin Mezcal
1 Jalapeno slice
1 oz. Lime juice
2oz. Mango puree
Directions: Pour 2oz. Of Dos Hombres Mezcal into a rocks glass with 2oz. Of mango puree. Add 1 oz. of lime juice. Shake. Add a slice of jalapeno as garnish. Enjoy!

el poblano

Ilegal El Poblano

2 oz Ilegal Mezcal Joven

2 slices Poblano peppers
1 oz lime juice

5 oz agave nectar

Chipotle salt:
3 tsp chipotle en adobo purée
1 cup kosher salt

Mix ingredients together and let dry.
Method: Add ingredients to shaker and shake. Strain into stemmed glass with chipotle salt rim. Garnish with a Poblano slice.
sweetheat dulcevida

Sweet Heat

5 oz Dulce Vida Pineapple Jalapeño Tequila
4 oz Sparkling Water

Garnishes: Pineapple Wedge
Directions: Pour all ingredients over ice in a tall glass and squeeze fresh lime to taste. Stir, garnish and enjoy.
Photo credit: Dulce Vida Tequila

filthy margarita

Filthy Margarita

3oz Filthy Margarita Mix
1 ½ oz Tequila (of your choice)
Directions: Mix Filthy Margarita Mix and Tequila in a drink shaker. Rim your preferred glass with salt or sugar and serve over ice. Enjoy!

filthy cherry margarita

Cherry Filthy Flecharita

1 1⁄2 oz Flecha Azul Blanco Tequila
1⁄2 oz fresh lime juice
1⁄2 oz Filthy Black Cherry Syrup
1 oz sparkling water
Garnish with 3 Filthy cherries
Method: Fill a shaker with ice and combine tequila, fresh lime juice and black cherry syrup.
Shake vigorously and strain into a coupe glass. Top off with sparkling water and garnish with Filthy Black Cherry.

Filthy Flecharita

2oz Flecha Azul Blanco Tequila
1 oz Filthy Margarita Mix
¾ oz fresh lime juice
Garnish with a lime wedge or 3 Filthy Black Cherry garnishes
Method: Fill your shaker with ice and combine tequila, margarita mix and fresh lime juice. Shake well and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wedge or black cherries. Enjoy!