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ilegal mezcal cocktail

Mezcal Kiss

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 10 Minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Cuisine: American


This mezcal cocktail with hibiscus, fresh lime juice and orange bitters is a little bit sweet and a little bit savory. Totally refreshing, the smokiness of the mezcal and the richness of the hibiscus syrup totally comliment each other.


Units Scale

Hibiscus syrup

1/2 c dried hibiscus blossoms (Flor de jamaica)

1 c sugar

1 t smoked or regular flaky salt


3 ounces Ilegal Mezcal

1 1/2 ounces Hibiscus syrup

1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice

2 dashes orange bitters

Coarse Sugar, Valentine Gummy hearts


Hibiscus syrup:

In a saucepan combine the blossoms and 1/2 c of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add the sugar and salt, stir to dissolve. Now turn off the heat and allow to cool completely. Strain through a fine wire-mesh sieve, pressing on the solids to extract all the syrup. You should have a little over a half cup of syrup. Keep in the fridge until ready to use.


Fill your favorite martini glass or coupe with ice. Add water and set aside to chill.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add mezcal, hibiscus syrup, fresh lime juice and orange bitters. Shake well.

Empty glasses and run a wedge of lime around the upper edge of the glass. Pour the sugar or salt onto a plate and dip glass in it to make a sugared or salted edge.

Carefully pour the shaker’s contents into the glass. Garnish with a heart if you’d like!