Beachfire Margarita

Adapted from Artisanal Cocktails by Scott Beattie

I call this a Beachfire Margarita because the smoky nuances of mezcal remind me of a driftwood bonfire on the beach. My favorite mezcals are San Luis del Rio, Minero, and Chichicapa, all made under the auspices of Del Maguey. Fans of peaty Islay single-malts will probably enjoy this margarita, too.

Reprinted with permission from Artisanal Cocktails by Scott Beattie. Copyright (c) 2008 by Scott Beattie. Photo (c) 2008 Sara Remington. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.


Serving: 1

  • 3/4 ounce tequila, 100% agave silver
  • 3/4 ounce mezcal (preferably Del Maguey)
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup (1:1, sugar:water)

Garnish: salt and lime wheel

  1. Rub a slice of lime around the rim of a Collins glass. Press lip of the glass into a plate of coarse salt. Shake off any excess and set aside.
  2. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake.
  3. Strain over ice into prepared Collins glass.
  4. Garnish with a lime wheel.