Recipe: Honey and Smoke Cocktail

Mezcal, a smoky liquor derived from agave, is having a moment. This cocktail mixes the bold flavor of mezcal with sweet honey for a perfectly balanced (and delicious) happy hour treat.

Honey and Smoke Cocktail

Yield: 1 drink

Honey and Smoke Cocktail


  • For the cocktail:
  • 1 ounce honey simple syrup
  • 2 ounces mezcal
  • 2 ounces ginger beer
  • Juice from 1/2 of a lime
  • Chili powder
  • Margarita salt
  • For the honey simple syrup:
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. For the honey simple syrup: Boil water and pour over honey. Whisk to combine and let cool to thicken.
  2. For the cocktail: Combine margarita salt and chili powder in a shallow dish, to taste. Coat rim of cocktail glass with lime juice and dip edge in chili salt mixture. Combine simple syrup, mezcal and lime juice in glass; Stir to combine. Add ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with lime wedge.


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