Mezcal Old Fashioned

Try this twist on the traditional old fashioned cocktail, which uses mezcal instead of whiskey. The mezcal gives it a smoky flavor, while the anejo tequila balances out the smoke while giving the drink a golden hue with hints of oak, reminiscent of whiskey.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
1 cocktail


  • ¼ ounce simple syrup

  • 2 dashes bitters (such as Angostura®), or more to taste

  • 1 cup ice cubes

  • 1 (3 inch) piece orange peel

  • 1 ounce mezcal

  • 1 ounce anejo (aged) tequila

  • 1 Luxardo® cherry (optional)


  1. Combine simple syrup and bitters in an old fashioned glass. Fill the glass with ice. Squeeze the orange peel over the glass to express the oils, then place peel in glass. Add mezcal and tequila and stir until the drink is ice cold and alcohol has mellowed, about 20 seconds. Garnish with cherry.

Cook's Notes:

You can substitute 1 sugar cube and 1 teaspoon of water, muddled, for the simple syrup.

I find mezcal on its own to be overpowering, hence the addition of anejo tequila, but feel free to play around with the ratios to suit your tastes.

Use 1 large ice ball instead of ice cubes for a nicer presentation.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

172 Calories
10g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 172
% Daily Value *
Sodium 8mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 25mg 123%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 43mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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