Courtesy Sother Teague, beverage director, Honeybee’s, New York City
Two agave spirits, Tequila and mezcal, are natural companions in this margarita riff. Teague favors Del Maguey Vida mezcal, which adds hints of tropical fruit, honey and spice, alongside blanco Tequila without overpowering.
- Salt-spice blend, to rim (see below)
- 1 ounce mezcal
- 1 ounce blanco Tequila
- ½ ounce agave syrup
- ¾ ounce lime juice (plus extra to rim glass)
Moisten half of outer rim of glass with lime juice. Roll glass in salt-spice mix (recipe below) to coat.
Combine ingredients except spice blend in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, then strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
To create salt-spice mix, combine 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon paprika and ½ teaspoon cayenne.