Smoky Mezcal Margaritas


  • 2-3 Jalapeño slices
  • 1oz Agave nectar
  • 2oz Mezcal
  • 1.5oz Triple Sec
  • 1oz Lime juice (FRESH)
  • Salt & Más jalapeño slices for garnish, if you fancy.

Do This in This Order

  1. In a shaker tin, muddle the jalapeño slices with the 1oz of agave nectar
  2. Add ice
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients
  4. Shaaaaake til your hands get cold (~10 secs)
  5. Strain over fresh ice in salt-rimmed glass
  6. Toss a few jalapeño pepps in to make it pretty
  7. Sip that marg and thank Salt Pepper Kitchen for the base recipe

Last year, Patrick went to a conference in Chicago, leaving me at home by myself for the first time in our (at that point) 7-year relationship. He made the 3-hour drive with a few of his co-workers. I expected a text or something after he got to Chicago, but 3 hours went by. Then 6. Then 9. Finally, I got the call.

“So, uh… I just had the best margaritas I’ve ever had in my entire life. It was smoky and jalapeños. Figure it out. ”

Margaritas. Plural. I was happy he was enjoying himself and letting his hair down, but I wanted a freakin’ margarita, too.

When he got home that weekend, we scoured the internet, bookmarking so many mezcal recipes to recreate his perfect margaritas. The following Trial & Error phase was arduous, but we’ve made it to the other side with this slightly altered but still perfect Hot & Smoky Mezcal Margarita Recipe from Salt Pepper Skillet.

Spicy Jalapeños ✔ Smooth and Smoky Mezcal ✔ Sweet and Natural Agave Nectar ✔ Fresh-Squeezed Lime Juice ✔

If spicy & smoky isn’t your thing, my favorite margarita of all time is this bad boy: The Best Simple Margarita (3-Ingredient).