The Desert Heat (Mezcal Tangerine Cocktail with Chipotle)

by Ian Wickman


The Desert Heat (Mezcal Tangerine Cocktail with Chipotle)

This mezcal tangerine cocktail brings the smolder, a little heat, a little smoke, and all delicious. For when spring is just turning to summer and it can't quite decide what to do... take this outside... with friends!
Keyword mezcal tangerine cocktail
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 drink
Author Ian Wickman


  • 1 oz mezcal (Feel free to adjust the balance of tequila/mezcal for smokier or less smoky)
  • 1 oz tequila (I used Casamigos blanco)
  • 1 oz fresh tangerine juice
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup (I prefer an agave simple syrup)
  • 1 sprig sage
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle en adobo sauce (optional but highly recommended)
  • 1 sprinkle ground chipotle chile


  • Chill coupe glasses.
  • Add mezcal, tequila, tangerine juice, lime juice, simple syrup and sage to shaker.
  • (Optional) add chipotles en adobo sauce/juice to shaker, creates a nice background bit of spice to the cocktail.
  • Muddle thoroughly and let sit a minute to increase the sage flavor.
  • Add ice to shaker to the level of the liquid.
  • Shake until super cold, a count of about 15 - 20.
  • Strain into chilled coupes.
  • Sprinkle with a little ground chipotle chile and enjoy!

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