Lemon Mezcal Margarita

lemon mezcal margarita
Photo: Bryan Gardner
Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
2 drinks

Say hello to summer's new go-to drink. Instead of the traditional lime juice used in a margarita, we went with lemon juice to soften the smokiness of the mezcal. It's light and refreshing enough for a pool party but has a little edge thanks to its salt and pepper rim.


  • 2 ounces fresh lemon juice, plus wedges for serving

  • 6 ounces mezcal

  • 4 ounces orange liqueur, such as Cointreau

  • Flaky sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • Ice


  1. Mix equal parts salt and pepper on a plate. Run a wedge of lemon around the rim of two rocks glasses; dip into salt and pepper mixture. Place mezcal, triple sec, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice; shake until outside is cold and frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain over ice into prepared glasses; serve immediately with lemon wedges.

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