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Fizzy Mezcal Margarita

January 30, 2015
This mezcal margarita is the perfect balance of smoky mezcal, and bright orange flavor from fresh orange zest and the bubbly effervescence of orange soda.

Somehow in all my Katy Perry Super Bowl fanaticism I’ve up and done forgot to talk about what we will be drinking—and when I say ‘we’ I mean the big, fat universal we, as in all of us, the whole entire world, or at least anyone who will be watching Katy Perry win the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Fizzy Mezcal MargaritaWe, of course will be drinking margaritas (honestly, when are we not?) but hows about a special bubbly version made with orange soda, mezcal (tequila’s smoky cousin), and orange bitters? Here’s the plan: how bout you and me hang out in the kitchen and play bartender on Sunday? I am more than happy to mix drinks all evening as long as I get an occasional peak at the commercials whilst delivering drinks to thirsty spectators.

For those of you who are actually interested in watching the game then you need to find someone to do this for you, but for those of you who could really give two shits? I’m talking to you. These margs take a tad bit of work, like squeezing limes and some vigorous shaking, there is even some orange zesting involved, but it will keep you occupied and no one will notice that you don’t know one iota about football. Just remember to get someone to take over during halftime.

Fizzy Mezcal Margarita with Orange

A couple other margs to ponder:


Fizzy Mezcal Margarita
Pellegrino makes an orange soda that is clear and not too sweet which makes it perfect for cocktails. If you can't find it try substituting an all natural soda such as Izze or Hansen's
Serves: 1 drink
  • 1 ounce mezcal
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 3 or 4 thin strips orange zest
  • a few dashes orange bitters
  • Pellegrino orange soda
  • lime wedges
  • granulated sugar, for the rim
  1. Combine mezcal, lime juice, orange zest, and orange bitters in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until the shaker is well chilled.
  2. Run a lime wedge around the rim of a tall glass. Gently dip the glass in sugar and fill glass with ice. Strain drink over ice and fill with orange soda.

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  • Stefanie - Sarcastic Cooking January 30, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Yes!!! I happen to spend most of my super bowl time in the kitchen too! I feel like I won’t care with these on the menu!!!

    • Kate Ramos
      Kate Ramos January 30, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks Stefanie! I only wish I had some of your Horseradish Beer Cheese Dip to go with!

  • Catherine McCord January 31, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    What a gorgeous cocktail! I’m totally making these for SuperBowl!

    • Kate Ramos
      Kate Ramos January 31, 2015 at 8:47 pm

      Thank you Catherine! Hope you guys have fun!!

  • Mel February 3, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    What type of orange bitters did you use? I am new to bitters and after reading some reviews, it seems there is a wide range of flavors possible with these. These look great, can’t wait to try them!

    • Kate Ramos
      Kate Ramos February 4, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      Hi Mel! I like Regan’s Orange Bitters it is high on the citrus notes but also very well rounded with hints of cardamom, gentian, and coriander. If you can’t find it Angostura makes an orange bitters as does Fee Brothers and both are good. Thanks so much for leaving a comment and I hope you enjoy the drink!