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Grilled Mezcal Margarita | A Nerd Cooks
Grilled Mezcal Margaritas
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 2 cocktails
For the honey syrup (makes more than needed)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup hot water
For the grilled lemon juice and lemon wheels
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • 2 lemon wheels
For the margaritas
  • sugar or kosher salt, for rimming the glasses
  • 2.5 oz grilled lemon juice
  • 4 oz mezcal
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1.5 oz honey syrup
  • 2 sprigs rosemary, for garnish
To make the honey syrup
  1. Combine the honey and hot water. Whisk to combine.

To make the grilled lemon juice and lemon wheels
  1. Place the lemon halves, cut side down, on either a grill or a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the lemon wheels. Cook until the flesh of the lemons is browned. Set aside to cool.

  2. Once cooled, juice the grilled lemon halves.

To make the margaritas
  1. Rim two glasses with sugar or kosher salt, depending upon your preference. Add ice to the glasses. Set aside.

  2. Add the grilled lemon juice, mezcal, lime juice, and honey syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until very cold. Strain into the prepared glasses. 

  3. Add a grilled lemon wheel to each glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.

Recipe Notes

Notes: Meyer lemons would be great in this cocktail, too.