Mezcal-Tequila Margarita

Mezcal-Tequila Margarita

The spirit base of this margarita is split between tequila and mezcal, which gives the final drink a deep, complex flavor, and provides an excellent excuse to rim the glass with sal de gusano, or worm salt. With roots in Oaxaca, Mexico, sal de gusano is made from toasted, ground gusano (the moth larvae that feeds on the agave plant), salt and dried chiles, and is traditionally served alongside mezcal. If you’re running low on tequila or mezcal, feel free to use 1 1/2 ounces total of whichever agave-based spirit you have.
  • Serves: 1 person



  1. Step 1

    Prepare the salted half rim, if using: In a small shallow bowl or plate, sprinkle a thin layer of the sal de gusano. Run the lime wedge along half of the rim of a rocks glass, then dip the rim into the salt mixture.
  2. Step 2

    In a shaker, combine the tequila, mezcal, orange liqueur, lime juice and simple syrup. Add ice, cover, and shake vigorously until the drink is well chilled, about 15 seconds.
  3. Step 3

    Fill the glass with ice, then strain the margarita into the glass. Add the lime wedge; enjoy immediately.