The blood orange and cardamom help to balance the smokiness of the mezcal. You can also sub tequila if you don’t have mescal. An anejo tequila would work well, adding a little smoke flavor.
Blood Orange Cardamom Mezcal Margarita
- 2 oz lime juice
- 1.5 oz agave cardamom syrup (recipe follows)
- 2.5 oz blood orange juice
- 2 oz mezcal
Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake a few times and strain into a glass rimmed in a mixture of salt and ground cardamom. Add a slice of blood orange or lime to the glass.
Agave Cardamom Syrup
- 4 tbs agave
- 4 tbs water
- 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
Mix all ingredients until combined.