Margarita Gose Mezcalitas

One of my favorite things to do when mixing up a batch of drinks is to grab a beer from the fridge to supplement. Especially when that beer is a Kettle Sour, a Gose, or a Radler. All make fantastic mixing beers, with the acidity from the fruit lending their strengths towards tropical drinks in particular.

If you aren’t personally familiar with mezcal, mezcal is tequila’s less particular cousin. It is similarly derived from agave, shares a similar body and flavor profile, but it is not specifically made from blue agave like tequila is. In fact, there are over 200 known species of agave, 75% of which are native to Mexico. Mezcal can be commonly found throughout its native country, but it is the drink of choice in Oaxaca, and it is primarily made in that region as well. Often served straight with a lime, lemon, or orange coated with a chile-lime spice blend, mezcal is very different from brand to brand, agave to agave, community to community, which makes it so remarkably similar to craft beer in so many ways. Truly a heritage drink of Mexico, mezcal is often smoky (think BBQ smoke) from the heavy char applied to agave prior to distillation. 

Margarita Gose Mezcalita Recipe —

Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 1.5oz mezcal (preferably a Joven Espadin)
  • 1.5oz honey or agave syrup
  • 1.5oz lime juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • Orange wedge
  • 4oz Margarita Gose (or more)
  • Tajín Spice Blend

Instructions:

  1. Using a cocktail shaker or mason jar blend together honey (or agave syrup), mezcal, lime juice, and salt. 
  2. Wet the edge of a shaker pint or cocktail glass with an orange wedge or use a Tajín spice rimmer set-up which can be found online. Rim your glass with Tajín. (It is easiest to use a plate to do this.)
  3. Fill glass with ice. 
  4. Pour your mixed ingredients over the ice. 
  5. Slowly top to the rim with Margarita Gose. 
  6. Stir gently to incorporate.
  7. Enjoy!

Author’s Notes: 

  • Mezcal can be found in North Carolina at your local ABC store. Look for a Joven (young) Espadin (a type of agave) for this recipe if you can, but do not be afraid to experiment! You’ll be shocked by how different each Mezcal can be. If it is listed on the bottle, look for the still designation of how the mezcal was produced. Mezcal can be made in clay pots or stainless stills and it will affect the flavor of the drink. If you are not opposed to trying something new, the clay pot still version, in particular, marries well with Tajín. Either will work well for the recipe, regardless!
  • Tajín can be found in most grocery stores in the international section, or it can be easily found online.