Winter citrus is still going strong in all my local grocery stores, so I’m taking as much advantage as possible, while I still can. I’ve given you a Blood Orange Margarita before, and it was so delicious and became pretty popular on Pinterest – with good reason! But I wanted to revisit the beloved drink, this time with a smoky twist.
Mezcal is a type of tequila made in Oaxaca, Mexico. It’s smoky and a little more pungent than regular tequilas, and far less popular. Most Mezcal consumption is in the form of exports to Japan and the United States.
I must say, this American was quite excited to pick up a bottle of Mezcal! We got it home and started brainstorming what drink to make with it, and then before you know it, winter citrus season is upon us, blood oranges are plentiful, remember that blood orange juice makes fabulous margaritas, what about a smoky Mezcal margarita, and you can see how the whole thing just flowed from there. And here we are!
This is strong, smoky, sweet, tart, and really in your face. But it’s so smooth! I do implore you to find some Mezcal and give this one a try while we can still get our hands on blood oranges, it’s really impressive and delicious! Enjoy!
Source: heavily adapted from Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor by Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack, Veronica Gonzalez-Smith, and Evangelina Soza
Juice of 2 blood oranges
Juice of 1 Cara Cara orange, or 1 navel orange
Juice of 1 lime
4 shots Mezcal
2 tbs simple syrup
2 wedges of blood oranges, for garnish
Kosher salt, for rimming the glasses
Add ice to a cocktail shaker. Add all the citrus juice, Mezcal, and simple syrup to the shaker. Shake vigorously for a few seconds.
Prepare your glasses. Run a blood orange wedge around the rim of each of 2 martini or margarita glasses. Spread the salt in an even layer on a small plate, then gently dip the rim of the glass in the salt.
Strain the cocktail into each prepared glass and place the blood orange wedges on each glass. Serve immediately.
Makes 2 drinks.