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.