Diving Deep into Mezcal, Sip by Sip
With its roots in culture and craftsmanship, mezcal is one of the most complex and varied spirits in the world.
10 Great Mezcals to Seek Out
These top-notch bottles are terrific in cocktails, and worthy of straight sipping, too.
Smoky mezcal brings depth to a classic margarita. A combination of slightly sweeter Combier and mildly bitter Cointreau balances the floral orange notes in the drink. Double the Cointreau if Combier is unavailable.
Sweet watermelon juice complements the clean, refreshing notes in mezcal. If you can’t find store-bought watermelon juice, blend chunks of fresh watermelon and strain through a fine-mesh sieve.
This riff on the classic gin and Campari cocktail has an earthy richness courtesy of smoky mezcal. Carpano Antica Formula vermouth is full-bodied and flavored with herbs and spices, lending dry, barely sweet flavor to this Negroni. Cocchi Americano and a generous citrus garnish bring a light, citrusy bite.
With a float of whipped cream and just enough sweetness to temper the bitter coffee and herbal notes in the mezcal, this spiked coffee cocktail is well-balanced and fortifying. To make piloncillo syrup, simmer 1 (8-oz.) cone of piloncillo in 1 cup water in a small saucepan until dissolved, about 10 minutes.