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9 Tequila and Mezcal Cocktails to Try Right Now

Devil’s Margarita. Image: Tim Nusog

It seems like everyone is switching to agave spirits these days. Tequila and mezcal are taking over drink menus and backbars from coast coast. And though many prefer to drink them neat or as shooters, they can add something special to drinks with fruit, peppers or even chocolate. Don't believe us? Try one of these nine tequila and mezcal cocktails for yourself.

  • Large-Format Mezcal Negroni

    Public House Collective

    Entertain the whole party with this super simple, super delicious cocktail. The mix of equal parts mezcal, Campari and sweet vermouth is easy to combine with water in a punch bowl. But it tastes elegant enough that your guests will think you spent hours mixing it.

  • Teal-quila Sunrise

    Tim Nusog

    Say hello to summer (no matter what season it is) with this blue take on a Tequila Sunrise. Homemade raspberry syrup takes the place of grenadine, while a healthy dose of blue curaçao lends its vibrant color. Both combine with tequila, Grand Marnier and fresh lemon juice to make a drink you won't be able to resist.

  • Ready Fire Aim

    Mezcal is a straight shooter in this fiery cocktail. Its smoky flavor is enhanced with honey-pineapple syrup and pineapple and lime juice, while a few dashes of Bittermens Hellfire habanero shrub gives the otherwise sweet cocktail a nice dose of heat.

  • Paloma

    Tim Nusog

    This classic is a refreshing and simple drink that's perfect for when you just want something easy. Tequila, lime juice and grapefruit soda are all you need. Simply stir with ice and garnish with a lime wedge for a taste of Mexico wherever you are.

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  • Mezcal Mule

    Tim Nusog

    Take your Moscow Mule south of the border with this spin. The classic combination of ginger beer and lime juice gets a smoky kick from mezcal, while a dash of passion fruit purée adds sweetness, and cucumber cools everything down. Garnish with candied ginger and a pinch of ground chile for an extra little kick.

  • Savory Margarita

    If you're looking for something to fill that savory craving, this drink is sure to do the trick. Red bell pepper juice is the unexpected, but totally perfect, base for tequila, lime juice and honey syrup. A handful of fresh cilantro completes the profile, and a lime wheel garnish ties everything together.

  • Oaxacan Old Fashioned

    Tim Nusog

    Old Fashioneds normally feature whiskey, but the same smoky flavor is achieved with the addition of mezcal in this version. Tequila, mezcal, agave nectar and Angostura bitters combine to make a spirit-forward tipple that's extra exciting when garnished with a flamed orange peel.

  • Zapatero

    This spin on an Old Fashioned incorporates the whiskey and orange flavors you’d expect, with a little south-of-the-border spin. Mezcal, bourbon, orgeat, Angostura bitters and Aztec chocolate bitters, plus a garnish of grated cinnamon, an orange twist and a cocktail cherry, make a one-of-a-kind cocktail you’ll love.

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  • Devil’s Margarita

    Devil’s Margarita. Tim Nusog

    Two kinds of booze make this Margarita-fied version of a New York Sour sneakily potent. A simple base of blanco tequila, fresh lime juice and simple syrup is given a devilish twist when topped with half an ounce of red wine. Make sure you skip the salted rim, as it will clash with the wine's natural acidity.