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Mezcal Cocktail Recipe with Fresh Lime and Ginger Beer

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This fizzy and refreshing Mezcal cocktail makes a delicious and light summer refreshment.

Mezcal cocktail
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The classic Mezcal cocktail is a light, fizzy beverage that combines tequila and ginger beer infused with a lime for a tart kick. The recipe is easy to create and makes the perfect summer drink. #mezcalcocktail #recipe #easy #gingerbeer #summerdrink

I found this recipe in my cocktail book. Mittie (the author) calls this recipe a Mezcal Buck. It’s very similar to a Mezcal Mule in my opinion.

More Mexican Drinks:

Here are a few more Mexican cocktails to wet your whistle. Please let us know if you trade out the tequila in any of these drinks for Mezcal. How did that taste???

Mezcal vs. Tequila:

So Mezcal…Tequila. What’s the difference? For the casual drinker it’s all about the flavor.

Winemag.com has written an in depth article on the various differences between tequila and Mezcal. If you have the time it will fill you in on the differences between these Mexican spirits.

The short answer is tequila is a type of Mezcal. However, tequila originated in the town of tequila and can be made only with the blue agave plant.

Mezcal originated in Oaxaca uses any number of agave plants in its distillation process. And yep. All the different types of agave impact the flavor of your Mezcal.

Read the label on your bottle to determine more about how your particular Mezcal brand is made.

There are also some differences in the production process between the liquors.

Mezcal cocktail with lime
Mezcal cocktail with lime and mint for garnish.

The Mezcal Worm:

You DON’T need a worm in your bottle to prove it’s really authentic Mezcal. In fact, the better brands do not include it.

I did buy a bottle with a worm (Not appealing in my opinion) Just so you can see it. What I won’t do for you guys.

Some bottles of Mezcal do have either the white worm as you see below or red colored. They are found in the agave plant.

Mezcal worm
This is a Maguey worm. It’s a type of caterpillar found in the agave plant.

Legend has it ‘The worm’ was added as a proof of alcohol for tourists back in the day (“Oh you don’t think we are selling you water do you? Look! There enough alcohol to pickle a worm”).

Really? It also very macho. Get drunk and eat a worm. What else have you got to do anyway?

And it really is an aphrodisiac. HaHa! Just NOT for humans. So don’t get sucked into that fantasy.

Mezcal cocktail ingredients

Bottom Line: Mezcal is getting more popular and the distilleries are working to upscale and market to a wider market.

Mezcal is coming into its own in the alcohol market place as a legit spirit. you need to do a bit of exploring and see what brand gives you the flavor profile you most enjoy.

The Mezcal flavors depend on the agave used mostly. So read your label and decide what agave nectar you like.

Mezcal cocktail
This Mezcal Buck Cocktail has a bit of fizz for fun. Perfect for chillin in the heat.

Ingredients:

Mezcal mule ingredients
All the ingredients you need to make this cocktail.
  • Mezcal-use your favorite brand
  • fresh lime
  • ginger beer
  • simple syrup

Visual Guide to This Recipe:

Here’s a quick walkthrough for you. for a complete recipe demonstration please watch our video. The printable recipe card is below this visual process tour.

Mezcal cocktail

This Mexican drink is a light refresher. You will enjoy it in all kinds of situations. It’s easy to make for a poolside drink, weekender or just pretty much anytime.

Drink responsibly. Making your drinks at home is cheaper and keeps you off the road. That’s great. Just don’t fall into your pool. 🙂

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Your Printable Recipe Card:

Mezcal cocktail recipe
Yield: 1 cocktail

Mezcal Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This fizzy and refreshing Mezcal cocktail makes a delicious and light summer refreshment.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Mezcal
  • 1 tsp. Simple syrup
  • 1 oz. fresh lime
  • 3 oz. ginger Beer
  • ice as needed for shaker and serving glass

Instructions

  1. Slice 1/2 of your fresh lime into very thin slices. Set aside.
  2. Pour ice halfway up your cocktail shaker
  3. Add the Mezcal
  4. Squeeze the unsliced half of the lime into the shaker.
  5. Add in the simple syrup.
  6. Seal and Shake the cocktail shaker at least 30 seconds until very cold.
  7. Fill your glass half full of ice.
  8. Strain the shaken mixture over the ice.
  9. Fill the glass with the ginger beer.
  10. Garnish with lime slices and a sprig of mint as desired.

Notes

Garnish Ideas:

  • We like the simple lime slices for a bit of color and the additional lime it adds to the drink.
  • A sprig of mint also help brighten the flavor if you bruise it.
  • Salting the rim is unnecessary but if you do want salt-keep it a light salted rim. (Maybe only half the rim or salt your wrist and do the lick and drink technique).
  • The drink flavors are well balanced with the brand of Mezcal we chose. Your brand choices matter with Mezcal. Feel free to adjust the drink ingredients to accommodate your preferred brand.

Nutrition Information

Yield

1

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 196Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 10mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 1gSugar 16gProtein 0g

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