Feel the heat in this zippy mezcal margarita! What's the difference between tequila and mezcal? Tequila is a type of mezcal. They're both made from agave, with mezcal traditionally picking up its signature smoky flavor from being cooked in underground pits. We love it paired with a little bit of heat and agave syrup for a touch of sweetness.

EatingWell.com, April 2021


Credit: Victor Protasio

Recipe Summary

10 mins
10 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place jalapeño and agave syrup in a cocktail shaker. Muddle with a wooden spoon handle or a muddling tool, pressing on the jalapeño to release its flavor. Add mezcal, lime juice, triple sec and salt. Half-fill the shaker with ice; cover and shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain the mixture evenly into 2 ice-filled rocks glasses. Garnish with lime wedges and jalapeño slices, if desired.


Nutrition Facts

1 cocktail
220 calories; protein 0.2g; carbohydrates 29.6g; dietary fiber 1.3g; sugars 25.4g; other carbs 2.9g; fat 0.1g; saturated fat 0g; mono fat 0g; poly fat 0.1g; trans fatty acid 0g; cholesterol 0mg; water 59.2g; ash 0.1g; vitamin a iu 60.7IU; vitamin a re 5.8RE; vitamin a carotenoid 5.8RE; vitamin a retinol 0RE; vitamin a carotene 35mcg; vitamin b1 thiamin 0mg; vitamin b2 riboflavin 0mg; vitamin b3 niacin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 0.2mg; vitamin b6 0mg; vitamin b12 0mcg; vitamin c 11.7mg; vitamin e alpha equivalents 0.1mg; vitamin e iu 0.1IU; vitamin e mg 0.1mg; folate 5.7mcg; vitamin k 0.7mcg; pantothenic acid 0.1mg; calcium 5mg; copper 0mg; iron 0.1mg; magnesium 3.9mg; manganese 0mg; phosphorus 7.9mg; potassium 52.4mg; selenium 0mcg; sodium 2.5mg; zinc 0.1mg; 40 butyric 0g; 60 caprioc 0g; 80 caprylic 0g; 100 capric 0g; 120 lauric 0g; 140 myristic 0g; 160 palmitic 0g; 180 stearic 0g; 161 palmitol 0g; 181 oleic 0g; 201 eicosen 0g; 221 erucic 0g; 182 linoleic 0g; 183 linolenic 0g; 184 stearidon 0g; 204 arachidon 0g; 205 epa 0g; 225 dpa 0g; 226 dha 0g; omega 3 fatty acid 0g; omega 6 fatty acid 0g; alanine 0g; arginine 0g; cystine 0g; glycine 0g; histidine 0g; isoleucine 0g; leucine 0g; lysine 0g; methionine 0g; phenylalanine 0g; proline 0g; serine 0g; threonine 0g; tryptophan 0g; tyrosine 0g; valine 0g; alcohol 15.7g; caffeine 0mg; pyramid vegetables 0; exchange vegetables 0; energy 10kcal; aspartic acid 0g; glutamic acid 0g; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0mg; soluble fiber 0g; insoluble fiber 0g; monosaccharides 0.4g; disaccharides 0.1g; boron 2mg; fluoride 2.6mg; pyramid fat 0; pyramid fruit 0; vitamin d iu 0IU; vitamin d mcg 0mcg; exchange fat 0.