Spicy Mezcal Margarita


  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1lime wedge
  • 1jalapeno pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 ½ teaspoons white sugar
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ cup mezcal
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Mix 1 tablespoon sugar with salt on a shallow, rimmed plate. Use lime wedge to wet rims of two 6- to 8-ounce glasses. Dip rims into sugar mixture.


  • Step 2

    Combine jalapeno and 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar in a cocktail shaker and muddle until sugar is dissolved and jalapeno is juiced. Add orange juice, mezcal, and lime juice to shaker, then fill with ice. Cover and shake until chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into glasses to serve.

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