Smoky Basil Oaxacan Mezcal Cocktail

Oaxacan Mezcal cocktail
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The smoky mezcal in this Oaxacan Mezcal cocktail melds perfectly with the fresh basil and sweet agave to make one super tasty cocktail.

The credit for this drink goes to the Hilton Reforma in Mexico City, where they make it table-side. If you really want to impress your friends at your next party, you could set up your own table-side preparation of the cocktail. Just be ready for everyone to ask for more!

Oaxacan Mezcal cocktail

We were in love with this cocktail from the first time we tasted it. We kept going back to the hotel bar to order it, because it was so beguilingly good. The fresh basil, sour lime juice and sweet agave syrup go together so well. And that’s even before you introduce the Mezcal, which adds a tantalizing smoky flavor.

» ‘Speaking of Mezcal… try this Peach Mezcal Margarita. It’s delicious.

We knew we had to procure the recipe for the cocktail so we could use it at home. It took a bit of persuading, but we got the bartender to write it down for us. Now we can enjoy it whenever we feel like it.

Oaxacan Mezcal cocktail

How to Make an Oaxacan Mezcal Cocktail

Mezcal is a smoky liquor made from the juice of roasted agave plants. It’s similar to tequila, but with a much smokier, earthier taste and aroma. The reason this cocktail is called a Oaxacan cocktail is because most mezcal is made in Oaxaca, Mexico. Learn more about mezcal.

For this cocktail, you’ll need a bottle of mezcal (it doesn’t have to be expensive, since we’re blending it with other ingredients). You’ll also need plenty of limes, natural agave nectar, basil leaves and salt for the rim of the glass.

It’s super easy as far as ingredients go, but be prepared to have your world rocked by the flavor of this cocktail.

Add the basil leaves and lime wedges to a cocktail shaker. Muddle them well. Then add the ice, Mezcal, lime juice and agave and shake.

Salt the rim of an old fashioned glass. Fill it with ice and extra basil leaves. Pour the cocktail over the ice. Enjoy.

oaxacan cocktail with mezcal

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Oaxacan Mezcal cocktail

Oaxacan Mezcal & Basil Cocktail

This Oaxacan Mezcal Cocktail, with its smokiness and perfect balance of sweet and sour, will leave you craving more.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Cocktail, Mezcal
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: Laura


  • 1.5 oz lime juice
  • 1.5 oz agave syrup
  • 2 oz Mezcal
  • 3 lime wedges
  • 5 basil leaves
  • bacon salt for the rim of the glass


  • Add 2 lime wedges and basil to the shaker. Muddle.
  • Add mezcal, lime juice, agave, and ice. Shake well.
  • Wet the rim of an old fashioned glass with a lime wedge and salt the rim with the bacon salt.
  • Add extra ice and basil leaves to the glass before pouring in the cocktail. Garnish with a lime wedge. Serve.

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