We've got some of the best mezcal cocktails for you try, including palomas and margaritas, as well as simple mezcal cocktails with just a few ingredients, from a mezcal, pineapple and jalapeño smash to a fruity Latinamericano.


Make sure you check out our guides to the best mezcals and tequilas. Now try our tea cocktails and mocktails.

What is mezcal?

Mezcal is the older brother of tequila and is different to it for three reasons: the agave used in its production, the region it’s made in, and the process used to make it. Unlike tequila (which is only made with Blue Weber agave), mezcal is made with all sorts of agave, the most common of which is Agave Espadin (genetic mother of the Blue Weber).

All artisan or traditionally made mezcals will have a sweet, roasted, earthy or smoky flavour. Traditionally drunk neat with a side of orange wedges and chilli worm salt, it’s perfect on its own, with a beer or in a cocktail. Think of it like a fine whisky: sip and enjoy, don’t shoot!

10 mezcal cocktail recipes

Mezcal, pineapple and jalapeño smash

The smoky notes of the mezcal work wonderfully with the grilled pineapple and gentle heat from the chilli in this spicy drink. It’s simple to make and can easily be made into a jug cocktail for a crowd.

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Pineapple mezcal margarita

Highlight the smoky notes of mezcal by complimenting it against the sweet and citrus notes of lime and pineapple juice. The spiciness of the tajin rim provides a counterpoint that amplifies mezcal’s distinctive allure.

Pineapple mezcal margarita in a martini glass topped with a dried lime.

Mezcal sour cocktail

Mezcal fans will love this potent cocktail of mezcal, pisco, aperitivo, egg whites, lime juice and cranberry bitters.

Pink cocktail in a nick and nora glass

Mezcal paloma

Check out this quick and easy summer cocktail recipe with mezcal, zesty limes and sweet yet slightly bitter grapefruit juice. A paloma is usually made with tequila but using mezcal instead adds a lovely smoky edge to the drink.

Mezcal Paloma Cocktail Recipe

Bacalar cocktail

This Mexican-style cocktail boasts subtle, savoury notes of lemongrass, basil and lime.

A stemmed cocktail glass filled with an opaque white liquid topped with a purple flower

Spicy mezcal margarita

Swap tequila for mezcal in this refreshing cocktail with added chilli warmth.

Spicy margarita in glass with lime wedges in bowl

Beetroot mezcalita

Mezcal’s spiciness is complemented by tangy pickled beetroot brine. The vibrant purple is sure to lift anyone’s mood.

Two short glasses filled with beetroot mezcalita with salt on the rim

Mezcal and elderflower highball

Mezcal is lengthened with grapefruit soda and rose water in this floral cocktail, brought to you by Joia at Art’otel in London’s Battersea Power Station.

Highball glass filled with mezcal and elderflower cocktail and rose garnish


This punchy mix of gin, mezcal and vermouth is given a fruity twist with pink grapefruit soda. This recipe comes from Soho restaurant, Sucre.

A marble bar with a long glass, filled with a red cocktail and a slice of grapefruit

Tommy's cut

Tommy's cut from Joyeux Bordel balances smoky mezcal with agave, sweet vermouth and zingy pink grapefruit.


Mezcal and kombucha cooler

Mix a jug of mezcal, kombucha and fresh apple juice for a super easy sharing cocktail that guests can help themselves to.

Jug Cocktails Recipes

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