Mezcal cocktails have been the new darling in the craft cocktail scene for awhile now.

Traditionally a classic egg white sour is prepared with whiskey, however, a mezcal sour adds smoky, peaty, earthy elements to this otherwise traditional cocktail.

The Mezcal Strawberry Basil Sour may look a bit complicated to make at home. And I am not going to lie to you, it is not as easy as some recipes we may post, but it is still totally doable. Just set aside a little extra time on your first try.

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What does a Mezcal Cocktail taste like?

The smokiness of the mezcal really rounds out this citrus forward drink.

Adding the sweetness of the strawberries and simple syrup takes away the bitterness of the lemon and makes this a well-rounded Mezcal cocktail.

The basil is totally optional but the depth of flavor it adds really kicks the cocktail up a notch.

Where is Mezcal from?

Mezcal is mostly produced in Oaxaca and can be found in other parts of Mexico.

It is made from Agave plants, as is Tequila.

The difference is Tequila can only be made from Blue Agave plants whereas Mezcal can be made from multiple types of Agave.

What you will need:

  • Mezcal- one of our favorites to use is  Del Maguey VIDA for how approachable the spirit is
  • Lemon
  • Simple Syrup
  • Strawberries (optional)
  • Basil (optional)
  • Egg Whites
  • Ice
  • Bitters (optional garnish)
  • Cocktail Tools -Shaking tin (Boston Shaker), Hawthorne strainer, fine strainer, citrus press (squeeze), jigger (or something that measures by ounces), muddler.

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Drink Immediately after pouring for best taste. Shake your cocktail as your life depended on it, the best outcome for working with egg whites in cocktails. Set aside a few extra minutes so you make sure you get the froth on the egg white right. Enjoy!

Mezcal Cocktails


A Craft Cocktail perfect for any occasion.
5 from 1 vote
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1


  • 2 ounces Mezcal
  • 3/4 ounce lemon
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 3/4 ounce egg whites use boxed whites or 1 egg without the yolk
  • 2 Strawberries
  • 1 or 2 Basil Leaves


  • Muddle basil and strawberries in your cocktail shaker
    Add Mezcal, squeezed press lemon, simple syrup, and egg whites
  • Add Ice and shake vigourously
  • Take your Hawthorne strainer and strain liquid into one side of your shaker
  • Next, perform a vigourous "dry shake" with all of the same ingredients minus the ice
  • Fine strain into a cocktail glass or coupe
  • Add Angostura Bitters design for an elevated appearance

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