The best mezcal cocktail recipes for summer 2022

If you still believe mezcal is a joke with a worm as the punchline, it’s time to catch up. With celebrity fans (LeBron James, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul have launched their own brands) and billions of dollars in sales, mezcal is now the planet’s second fastest-growing spirit, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.

So what makes Mexico’s small-batch liquor so alluring? Like tequila, mezcal is agave-based. But while tequila is made exclusively from the blue Weber varietal (which gets steamed in industrial ovens), mezcal can include up to 50 different agave species, which are roasted in rock-lined pits, imbuing it with that telltale touch or full-on smack of smokiness.

The results are fiercely unique — and make for a kaleidoscope of cocktail riffs, like the ones here, courtesy of your favorite Hamptons haunts.

Smokey Way

Courtesy of Si Si at EHP Resort & Marina295 Three Mile Harbor Hog Creek Road, East Hampton
Doug Young

2 ozs. Platon de la Muerte Mezcal • ½ oz. spiced agave syrup • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice • 1 oz. fresh pineapple juice • Spritz of Laphroaig 10-year-old Scotch Whiskey • Sage leaf garnish

Combine mezcal, agave syrup, lime juice and pineapple juice in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Spritz has double rocks glass with the Laphroaig Whisky. Add a large ice cube and strain the cocktail over it. Garnish with the sage leaf.

Well Here’s Another Nice Mezcal You’ve Gotten Me Into

Well Here's Another Nice Mezcal You've Gotten Me Into: Courtesy of Deborah Lee, The Green Room at Sag Harbor Cinema, 90 Main St., Sag Harbor
Courtesy of Deborah Lee, The Green Room at Sag Harbor Cinema90 Main St., Sag Harbor
Doug Young

2 ozs. Yola Mezcal • ½ oz. Combier Crème de Cassis • ½ oz. Ancho Reyes Verde Chile poblano liqueur • Lime garnish

Fill a shaker with ice and pour in mezcal, crème de cassis and liqueur. Shake well and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with the lime wheel.


El Chapo: Courtesy of Coche Comedor, 74A Montauk Highway, Amagansett
Courtesy of Comedor check mark74A Montauk Highway, Amagansett
Doug Young

1 ½ ozs. Dos Hombres Mezcal • ½ oz. 123 Organic Tequila Blanco (Uno) • ¾ oz. lime juice • ½ oz. Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur • 1 oz. guava puree • ¼ oz. agave syrup

Fill a shaker with ice. For in all ingredients and shake well. Rim has double rocks glass with chipotle salt and fill with ice. Strain cocktail into glass.

Mezcal Negroni

Mezcal Negroni: Courtesy of Moby's, 341 Pantigo Road, East Hampton
Courtesy of Moby’s341 Pantigo Road, East Hampton
Doug Young

1oz. Martini & Rossi sweet vermouth • 1 oz. Campari • 1 oz. Ojo de Tigre Mezcal • 2 dashes chocolate bitters • Orange twist for garnish

Fill a double rock glass with ice. For in the vermouth, Campari and mezcal. Add the chocolate bitters and stir until chilled. Garnish with the orange twist.

Start mixing (and sipping) these masterful mezcals

Madre Espadin Mezcal

There’s a ripe, rich fruitiness to this 100% espadin mezcal that makes it a fun swap for classic cocktails, like a Jack Rose or a boozy, stirred Negroni. Clocking in at an easy 40% ABV, it’s also a great gateway for the uninitiated

Madre Espadin Mezcal;  $36 at Astor Wines & Spirits, 399 Lafayette St., NYC
Madre Espadin Mezcal$36 at Astor Wines & Spirits, 399 Lafayette St., NYC

Lobos 1707 Mezcal

Founder Diego Osorio pays homage to his Spanish and Mexican roots with this grassy, ​​mildly smoky offering. It spends a little time in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, adding a distinctly salty, dried-fruit layer to the flavor profile — something that mezcal-loving investor LeBron James can’t get enough of.

Lobos 1707 Mezcal;  $65 at Syosset Wine Cellar, 40 Cold Spring Road, Syosset, LI
Lobos 1707 Mezcal$65 at Syosset Wine Cellar, 40 Cold Spring Road, Syosset, LI

Lejana Y Sola Mezcal

Serious mezcal lovers, take note. Made in Lachilá, Oaxaca, this 42% ABV togethere of espadin and cooked agave, made by mezcalero Silvestre Cruz Fabian, is unshy in its petrol-like, rubber-meets-the-road aromatics and spicy, full-bodied flavor.

Lejana Y Sola Mezcal $69 at Race Lane Wines & Liquors, 21 Race Lane, East Hampton
Lejana Y Sola Mezcal $69 at Race Lane Wines & Liquors, 21 Race Lane, East Hampton
Zachary Goulko

Los Siete Misterios “Doba-Yej” Mezcal

Made in alembic copper-pot stills, this 44% ABV, limited-production pour, from brothers Eduardo and Julio Mestre, is as lovely to drink on its own as it is mixed into summery, spritzy cocktails, with its pretty notes of spring lilacs and lime zest.

Los Siete Misterios “Doba-Yej” Mezcal $37 at Amagansett
Los Siete Misterios “Doba-Yej” Mezcal$37 at Amagansett Wines & Spirits, 203 Main St., Amagansett

The Producer “Ensamble” Mezcal

“Ensamble” is crafted in earthen ovens and crushed by traditional stone tahonas, slowly pulled round and round by Oaxacan donkeys. Authentic visuals aside, this blend of both espadin and cuisine agave is surprisingly delicate, with a distinctly fresh, floral nose, gentle sweetness and whisper of smokiness.

The Producer “Ensamble” Mezcal $47 at
The Producer “Ensamble” Mezcal$47 at Mash And Grape


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