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Mezcal and Mango Margarita

The Margarita is the face that launched a thousand variations even if we don’t know whose face inspired the drink. Modern mixologists use different liquors (like smoky mezcal in the place of tequila), sweeteners (like agave syrup, fruit juices, or even grilled fruit), rim salts (perhaps including chiles), and create even more exotic variations.

Illustration: W. Scott Koenig.

Ingredients for

Mezcal and Mango Margarita

3⁄4 cup Oaxacan Mezcal
3⁄4 cup mango juice
1⁄4 cup lime juice
1⁄4 cup Cointreau
Kosher salt
1 mango, sliced
Lime peel, julienned

Instructions for

Mezcal and Mango Margarita

Combine the mezcal, juices, and Cointreau in a shaker. Fill the shaker with ice cubes and cover to shake until the liquid is ice cold, about 1⁄2 minute. Rub glass rim with used, squeezed limes and dip into a plate of salt. Garnish the glass with a slice of mango and 1 or more strips of lime peel.

Must be 21+ to consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

Frequently asked

Questions About This Recipe

What is the true origin of the Margarita?

That's what we were wondering with the story this recipe originates from. Make sure to read Would the Real Margarita Please Stand Up? by Michael Aaron Gardiner with a timeline about the disputed history of the margarita and more illustrations by W. Scott Koenig.


Notes & Thoughts

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