Mezcal, the smoky and complex spirit from Mexico, has been gaining popularity in the cocktail world. Its unique flavor profile and versatility make it a favorite among bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts alike.
And when it comes to mezcal cocktails, stirred drinks are a great way to showcase the spirit's depth and character.
Stirring is a technique used to mix ingredients together in a cocktail without incorporating air or dilution. This results in a drink that is smooth, strong, and elegant.
Stirred mezcal cocktails can range from simple and straightforward to complex and layered, but they all have one thing in common: they let the mezcal shine.
There are many stirred mezcal cocktail recipes out there, each with its own unique twist. Some recipes use traditional ingredients like vermouth and bitters, while others incorporate unexpected flavors like sherry and amaro.
But no matter the recipe, a stirred mezcal cocktail is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. So why not try your hand at making one today? With a little bit of practice, you'll be able to create a cocktail that is as delicious as it is impressive.
1. Mezcal Negroni
The Mezcal Negroni is a modern twist on the classic Negroni cocktail. This stirred mezcal cocktail is a perfect balance of smokiness, sweetness, and bitterness. The intense smokiness of mezcal replaces gin in this cocktail, which perfectly balances the sweetness of vermouth and bitterness of Campari.
This cocktail is a sophisticated and complex drink, great for slow sipping. It is a perfect cocktail for those who love the classic Negroni but want to try something new and exciting. If you are a fan of mezcal, this cocktail is a must-try.
2. The Smoking Banana
"The Smoking Banana" is a mezcal cocktail made with mezcal, Giffard Banane du Brasil, and Smith and Cross Jamaican rum. The sweetness of the banana liqueur balances out the smokiness of the mezcal, while the funky Jamaican rum adds depth to the drink.
It can be smoked using a Smoke Boards Cocktail Smoker kit. Overall, it's a must-try cocktail for anyone who loves mezcal and wants to experience a unique and delicious flavor combination.
3. Tequila Old Fashioned
The Tequila Old Fashioned is a unique twist on the classic cocktail that will leave you wanting more. Made with aged añejo tequila, this drink is perfect for those who appreciate the smoothness and complexity of tequila. With only five ingredients, this cocktail is easy to make and takes only a few extra minutes to prepare.
While some may argue that an Old Fashioned cannot be improved, this south of the border spin on the classic drink may just change your mind. If you're looking for a new and exciting way to enjoy tequila, the Tequila Old Fashioned is definitely worth a try. Be sure to check out all of our tequila drink recipes in our archives for even more delicious options.
4. Mexican Mint Julep
The Mexican Mint Julep is a delightful fusion of two iconic cocktails – the classic Mint Julep and the refreshing Margarita. This cocktail is made with mezcal, a smokier cousin of tequila, which adds depth and richness to the drink.
The herbal sweetness of the mint and the warm depth of the brown sugar syrup complement the smoky spice of the mezcal, making it a pleasing sipper. The cocktail is served over crushed ice and garnished with fresh mint and lime slices. If you're looking for a unique and flavorful stirred mezcal cocktail, the Mexican Mint Julep is definitely worth a try.