The Spicy Mezcalita

We are this close to Cinco de Mayo, and what better way to celebrate than with the Spicy Mezcalita Cocktail!  So tasty with just a bit of jalapeño heat.  And, it’s like a skinny margarita in that there is no sweetener…no simple syrup…no nothing!  It’s completely flavored by tequila, the smokiness of mezcal, a little orange vibe from the Cointreau and a little lime juice.  Let’s not forget the jalapeños!

I think we need a True Confessions discussion of tequila…how many people have gotten a little (ok, maybe a lot) nuts on tequila??  How about some great stories?  Most of my tequila adventures occurred either in Mexico or Los Angeles and let’s just say they weren’t pretty.

But, I learned that if you drink just a bit, you can really enjoy the flavor without the crazies that go with drinking too much!  It’s good to be older and wiser!

If you feel the need to add a little sweetener to this, a bit of agave syrup will do the trick nicely. 

Mix the tequila, mezcal, Cointreau, lime juice and a couple slices of jalapeño in a shaker.  Add ice and shake shake shake!  

One note of caution:  jalapeños can have different levels of heat, so if you are heat-adverse (like I am), give it a little taste test or just add one slice to the shaker.  If you need more, add the second slice.  Better to be safe than sorry!

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The Spicy Mezcalita

Makes: 2 cocktails

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 3 ounces tequila
  • 1 & 1/2 ounce mezcal
  • 2 & 1/4 ounce Cointreau
  • 2 & 1/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 2 slices of fresh jalapeño (plus 2 slices to garnish)
  • 2 slices of fresh lime (2 garnish)


Combine the tequila, mezcal, Cointreau, lime juice, and 2 slices of jalapeño in a shaker.

Add ice to above the level of the liquid and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.

Strain the mixture into chilled rocks glasses containing large cubes of ice and garnish with remaining lime and jalapeño slices.

Recipe from Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails


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    • Harry

      I’m sure to have this, this afternoon. It’s Easter time for me today. So a little Mexican twist to the celebration will change things up. I just happen to have all the ingredients too. Cheers Fran.

      • Francine

        I hope you liked the spicy cocktail! And, happy Easter, Harry! I hope it was beautiful!

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