Tequila’s Smokey Cousin

Yes Virginia that is a scorpion in the bottle

Mezcal seems to be all the rage these days and on some pretty fancy menus. Funny if you consider it’s still sold in bottles with little sombreros and inside there’s a worm, or in our bottle’s case an actual scorpion. Like tequila, Mezcal is made from a type of agave plant. It’s smokier than tequila, the plants are actually roasted, so the liquor pairs well with fruit. Here’s our version of a recipe for a Mezcal Mule from New York bartender Jim Meehan. We never have passionfruit puree when we need it!

Mezcal Cocktail No. 1

  • 1 ยฝ oz Mezcal
  • 1 oz Ginger Beer
  • ยพ oz lime juice
  • ยพ oz apricot nectar or orange juice
  • 3 cucumber slices
  • 2 tsp simple syrup

Muddle cucumber slices in lime juice, then dump in a cocktail shaker and shake with the mezcal, fruit juice, simple syrup. Stir in ginger beer. Strain into rocks glass and garnish with cucumber or candied ginger. Top with additional ginger beer if desired.

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51 Responses to Tequila’s Smokey Cousin

  1. Kristy says:

    I don’t think I could handle the scorpion in the bottle, but that drink looks pretty darn good. Cheers!

  2. Yep, the scorpion is a bit scary to me as well, but otherwise love the sound of this drink…and especially with the ginger beer.

  3. I’ll drink just about anything with ginger beer in it…

  4. nrhatch says:

    I didn’t realize that Mescal is kissing cousins with Tequila. Mescal needs its own song, one with a catchy phrase like . . . Te~Qui~lla! ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. A_Boleyn says:

    I was once the ‘lucky’ recipient of the worm in my glass of mescal … sent it back, by the way … so the scorpion isn’t a prize I’d want to find in my bottle either. ๐Ÿ™‚ As to the drink, I prefer my mescal straight with a beer (Tecate) back.

  6. Carolyn Chan says:

    Is it as evil as tequila ???

  7. rutheh says:

    Cheers to you for braving the scorpion.

  8. Mezcal is my new go-to. This sounds fabulous with the apricot!

    Have you ever tired mixing it is Luxardo Amaretto and mole bitters? I like that with a bit of balsamic reduction. Life-changing.

  9. Tandy says:

    not sure I would want a scorpion hanging around! You can freeze passion fruit in ice cube trays for when you need them – I do that when we have an abundance of them ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. The word mescal takes me quickly to the works of Carlos Castenada which in turn takes me to a time in my youth that doesn’t need revisiting:)

  11. crustabakes says:

    believe it or not, i have never heard of mescal before! and geez, a real scorpio in it? that all sounds so exotic to me!

  12. Its not often I think ‘gross’ when I admire your blog, Greg, but seriously? A scorpion in the bottle? Now I love my cocktails as much as the next gal, but I’ll pass on this one, thanks though!
    Loved the pie yesterday!

  13. Ah, worms, scorpions? Fantastic!

  14. Sissi says:

    I have never had Mezcal. I ma very curious how it tastes, but am afraid it might be difficult to get here. The cocktail sounds great.

  15. aFrankAngle says:

    Whew … I’ve had mezcal, thus know that’s not my drink of choice. However, your mixture intrigues me, so if offered, I would try it!

  16. ceciliag says:

    there is a scorpion in your drink? A SCORPION! Wow, you dudes are Way Cool! Are you there? Greg? Katherine? Are you OK? You didn’t DRINK it did you!.. Hullo! (Voice echoes in the emptiness).. c

  17. egg me on says:

    Ole! Looks great Greg. I’m hoping you drank this during your recent Mexican/taco feast.

  18. I have not had a taste of mezcal in some time, but your cocktail is going to make me pull that old half drunk bottle out of the back of my liquor cabinet and give it a go. Salut!

  19. Mezcal is huge here in NY – there are bars specifically dedicated to it – but I’m not complaining:).

  20. Oh my… forwarding this to my hubby… we love tequila, this is a must try! And the scorpion is utterly cool.

  21. spree says:

    It’s what we’ve come to expect from you Greg…a drink with a real bite! This sounds wonderful!

  22. zestybeandog says:

    Ohhhh mezcal, that stuff is DANGEROUS!

  23. Not sure if I can get on board with a worm or scorpion in my bottle. I’m weird like that…but the drink LOOKS GOOOOOD!

  24. ChgoJohn says:

    I agree with Geni. That drink looks delicious but I cannot in my wildest imagination ever see my buying anything with an arachnid in it. Look at it this way, it just means all the more for you.

  25. I agree with everyone, not sure how I’d feel w/ a scorpion in my bottle. But this drink does sound good and after a crazy tiring week I’ve had, I could use one about now!

  26. I could see this little drinking getting me into trouble!! Looks fantastic!

  27. Good grief, is that an actual scorpion in the bottle? I was already scared by the worm in tequila! ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Mad Dog says:

    A long time ago (1980’s) I ran a nightclub with some friends and we specialised in Japanese beer and Mezcal. Nobody had seen or heard of either back then in London (I know it’s hard to believe now). I used to get people offering me large quantities of money or drugs in exchange for the Mezcal worm (which they thought was hallucinogenic like mescaline). When we introduced miniature bottles so that everyone got a worm, I’d get groups of girls bringing me all their worms because they got a weird kick out of seeing me eat them! Life can be strange sometimes – good job we didn’t have scorpion variety ๐Ÿ˜‰

  29. Karen says:

    Thank you all the same Greg, but I don’t want any former living thing in the bottom of a bottle of liquor unless it is a fruit or flower.

  30. Hmmm… Scorpion, worm… Its all the same. I hear its the best part of the bottle after it has marinated in the alcohol….

    Great drink!

  31. Maureen says:

    I’ve got about 500 passionfruit hanging on the vine.. I’ll send some if you make me this drink. ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. billpeeler says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever had mezcal per se – but I would sure to love try it. The smoky flavor sounds intriguing —–

  33. Purely.. Kay says:

    I think some of my girlfriends would appreciate this recipe. I will just save this for them.. I know they are gonna love it. But I won’t be no designated driver lol ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Sounds like a interesting twist on the good ole Mule. Sign me up.

  35. Jessica says:

    Ooh, a friend of mine has a nice bottle of mezcal and my reaction to a sampling was, “It tastes like brisket!” I think there is passion fruit puree residing in my freezer.

  36. Now you’r talking – only prob, Dan doesn’t like cucumbers…Maybe shoot it?

  37. ....RaeDi says:

    Daring! T would love this!

  38. You don’t really want to know what I said when I saw that scorpion in the bottle! You are one brave, brave man drinking out of that!! I imagine all those other flavors would make one heck of a drink though!

  39. Scorpions and cucumbers, WOW! I will pretty much try anything but I don’t know about this one. At least it’s dead.

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