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That’s How We Cass-e-role

Mezcal , Modern Classics

Mushy green beans from a can topped with canned onion straws? No, thanks. At Washington, D.C.’s Firefly, lead bartender Brendan Ambrose’s vegetal elixir (a new version of one he does with sugar snap peas,) is smoky, herbal and bitter, thanks to smoked beans and mezcal, and a splash of Chartreuse and Cynar liqueurs.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Right Drink. For Every Bit of the Thanksgiving Meal.”

Pale Horse Rickey

Gin Mezcal Whiskey , Modern Classics

This twist on a traditional Rickey by China Morbosa at West Hollywood’s Eveleigh subs mezcal for gin or whiskey, using lemon for citrus, a half ounce of manzanilla sherry for dryness and depth and a house-made mango coconut soda water in place of traditional club soda. Technically, that makes it just a Rickey and not a Gin Rickey, but gin can easily be substituted into this cocktail to keep the original style intact.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Rickey Is the Simplest Gin Cocktail Ever. Try One of These 5 Recipes.

Valley of the Dark Lords

Mezcal , Modern Classics

One part inspiration from a Blood & Sand, one part terrarium, this cocktail from GM Sol Trece is a terrestrial textural treat from La Cuevita in the Highland Park neighborhood of L.A. “We wanted a cocktail that if you were looking through a telescope from another planet you would see sand and living creatures,” says Trece. “We added turmeric for sand color and texture and chia seeds for the ‘creatures’ effect.’”

This recipe originally appeared as part of These 5 Star Wars Cocktail Recipes Come from a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

A Drink, Yoda Is

Mezcal , Modern Classics

The folks at Datz in Tampa like to have fun with their food and drink, be it with candy in the cocktails or nods to pop culture icons. This homage to that tiny little pointy-eared bundle of wisdom, Yoda, by bar manager Morgan Zuch manages to make wayward whimsy taste pretty great.

This recipe originally appeared as part of These 5 Star Wars Cocktail Recipes Come from a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

Vida Paloma

Mezcal , Modern Classics

At new Chicago restaurant Fat Baby Tacos, mezcal stands in for tequila and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, with simple syrup and club soda forming the grapefruit-soda-like component. However, the real wild card is a spicy chile piquin glass rim–dried, pulverized hot pepper with a smoky-citrusy flavor.

Mayahuel

Mezcal , Modern Classics

This cocktail from Washington, D.C.’s Espita Mezcaleria is a riff on a Margarita, made with mezcal and rimmed with sal de gusano.

Smiling Rabbit

Mezcal , Modern Classics

This mezcal cocktail is the signature drink at Washington, D.C.’s Espita Mezcaleria.

Marzipan Old Fashioned

Mezcal Tequila , Modern Classics

Beverage director Cody Pruitt melts De La Rosa peanut marzipan candies into a marzipan syrup to sweeten this mezcal- and tequila-based Old Fashioned. A touch of oloroso sherry echoes the nutty flavors from the peanut-studded candy.

Carrot Thing

Mezcal Scotch , Modern Classics

New York City’s Saxon + Parole plays with plenty of fresh produce on its drink menu, which means that (depending on the season) guests often request “that watermelon thing” or “that pumpkin thing.” This time, head bartenders Maxime Belfand and Masa Urushido stayed one step ahead and named their heirloom-carrot-packed winter drink accordingly.

Smoke on the Water

Mezcal , Modern Classics

This day-drinking-ready cocktail from Carlos Perez at Chicago’s Nellcote is simultaneously elegant and ready to blaze.

Smoke Show

Mezcal , Modern Classics

The bright, fresh taste and warming herbal properties of this cocktail by bartender Liz Martinez at The Purple Pig bring to mind Christmas trees, cold snowy mornings and evenings spent by a crackling fire.

Smoky Limeade

Mezcal Tequila , Modern Classics

Though one thinks of limeade and lemonade as summer drinks, bartender Carmen Polcyn at Chicago’s Bar Toma gives this tipple that’s good with or without booze a wintery hint of rosemary and warming, smoky punch. You can spike the drink with tequila or mezcal, the latter adding even more smoky fun to the drink.

Mezcal Mule

Mezcal , Modern Classics

Try this smoky variation of the gingery refresher.

Brown Bag Daiquiri

Mezcal , Modern Classics

Mezcal is the smoky secret to this hopped-up slushie.

Mezcal Negroni

Liqueurs Mezcal , Modern Classics

This underrated mezcal cocktail takes a classic Negroni and adds the smoke of mezcal.

Chill Wave

Mezcal , Modern Classics

Making your own cannabis-infused liquor that’ll give you a buzz in two ways isn’t as hard as you think. And you can then use that liquor to make this mezcal cocktail.

Shrubarita

Mezcal , Modern Classics

Although beets maybe seem like an odd or unnecessary addition to a shrub, they actually keep the sweetness in check with a welcome earthiness. And the shrub makes a fantastic mixer in this riff on a Margarita.

The Dana Scully

Mezcal , Modern Classics

The Dana Scully is a smoky, spirit-forward sipper. Like its namesake agent, the Mezcal, Cynar, Cointreau and raspberry liqueur creation is a striking burnt vermillion. It’s a no-nonsense recipe for a no-nonsense agent.

Mezcal, Concord Grape, Citrus, Market Mint

Mezcal , Modern Classics

Mezcal and Concord grapes? The surprising duo create a smoky, fall-forward cocktail.

Choose-Your-Own-Base-Spirit Piña Colada

Liqueurs Mezcal Rum , Tiki / Tropical

Not a fan of rum? Try this classic tiki drink with Chartreuse instead.

Cream of the Crop

Mezcal , Modern Classics

Mezcal and pistachios whisper sweet nothings in this cocktail from Dirty Habit in San Francisco.

Yum Kaax

Mezcal

This corn and mezcal cocktail was named after the eponymous Mayan god of maize.

Cornelia

Mezcal Tequila

This tequila and mezcal cocktail from New York bar Wallflower was inspired by chilled corn soup.

Spicy Negroni

Gin Mezcal , Modern Classics

A twist on the classic, a little mezcal and ancho chile liqueur gives the Negroni a smoky and spicy finish.

Ready Fire Aim

Mezcal , Modern Classics

Mezcal shoots to kill in Steve Schneider's smoky cocktail that's bolstered by chile-tinged bitters and a homemade honey-pineapple syrup for sweet balance.

The Symphony

Brandy / Cognac Liqueurs Mezcal , Modern Classics

It's a very simple drink on all fronts, yet very complex—and some might say that's the beauty of it.

Dirty Oaxacan Martini

Mezcal , Martinis

Mezcal in a Martini? Try this olive juice-spiked concoction.

Trato Hecho

Mezcal , Modern Classics

The classic Last Word cocktail goes south of the border.

The Zapatero

Bourbon / American Whiskey Mezcal , Modern Classics

This mezcal-spiked spin on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail is a south-of-the-border delight.

Polar Bear

Mezcal , Modern Classics

You don't need to be in the Arctic to enjoy this mezcal cocktail recipe.

Barbacoa

Mezcal , Modern Classics

Two types of peppers combine with mezcal, citrus and ginger in this sweet-and-savory concoction.

Good Cork

Irish Whiskey Mezcal , Modern Classics

The unexpected pairing of mezcal and Irish whiskey stars in this clever concoction.

Old Oaxacan

Mezcal

Celebrating a happy occasion? Try this Champagne-topped mezcal concoction.

Mazanasada

Mezcal Tequila

This tequila-and-mezcal drink with apple cider and ginger beer is a delicious tipple for the fall or winter.

Oaxacan Punch

Liqueurs Mezcal , Punches

Serve a big bowl of this festive mezcal concoction at your next party.

Mezcal & Mayhem

Mezcal , Modern Classics

Bring a little mayhem to your mouth with this beer cocktail's complex combination of sweet, sour, smoky, bitter and bubbly.

Eclipse

Mezcal Tequila

No need to look away from this potent and tasty cocktail.

Alfie’s Apple

Liqueurs Mezcal , Modern Classics

With a mezcal base plus apple cider and a fizzy apple soda, this cocktail makes an intriguing fall sipper.

Smoky Paloma

Mezcal Tequila Vodka , Modern Classics

This sweet-and-citrusy cocktail calls for not one but three different types of spirits.