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Mix up a pitcher of this make-ahead margarita for a cookout. Mezcal, tequila’s smoky cousin, gives the drink it’s signature flavor. 

Martha Stewart Living, June 2019

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Credit: Petrina Tinslay

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prep:
10 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Yield:
Serves 8 to 10
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Syrup: In a saucepan, combine sugar, lemon zest, and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat; let cool completely. Strain, discarding zest; stir in lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate in an airtight container until cold, at least 1 hour and up to 2 weeks. Makes 2 cups.

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  • Margarita: In a pitcher, stir together syrup, mezcal, and liqueur. Cover and refrigerate up to 1 day, if desired. Run an orange round along the rim of each serving glass; dip each rim in salt. Add orange rounds and frozen lemon wedges to pitcher. Pour drinks into prepared glasses; serve with more orange rounds and frozen lemon wedges.

Variations

For a version without smokiness, use silver tequila in place of mezcal.

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