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7 Mezcal Cocktails in OC That’ll Take You South of the Border for National Mezcal Day

Sip and Savor! These Cocktails Are Smooth, Smokey and Go Down Easy

Written By: Taylor Gorski Best Mezcal Cocktails

Sips up! National Mezcal Day is on October 21; head to one of these beloved restaurants and bars in Orange County for the best mezcal cocktails around. Mezcal, meaning “roasted agave,” is made from an agave plant and has a distinct smoky flavor. Break up the work week and treat yourself to one of the trendiest mezcal cocktails in OC to celebrate National Mezcal Day. 


1 | Lander’s Liquor Bar Best Mezcal Cocktails

Location: Costa Mesa

Vibe: Hip, Wild West

What to Order: Riptide (Mezcal, pineapple juice, blue curacao, lime juice, mint, basil, vanilla bean sugar, black salt and sugar rim garnish with rosemary) or Pomona Street (mezcal, fresh lime juice, triple sec, grapefruit juice, charred lemon)


2 | Descanso Restaurant Best Mezcal Cocktails

Location: Costa Mesa

Vibe: Modern Taqueria 

What to Order: Zorro (Ilegal Joven mezcal, Cointreau, blackberry thyme cordial, lime, Peychaud’s bitters) 


3 | Playa Mesa Best Mezcal Cocktails

Location: Costa Mesa

Vibe: Hip and Vibrant 

What to Order: Smokin’ Pina (Mezcal Union Uno, Antica Torino, vanilla bean, pineapple, apricot, agave, lime) or El Camino (Patron Reposado, El Silencio Mezcal, Amaro Montenegro, mole bitters, morita chile cordial, smoked cherrywood) 


4 | SOCIAL Kitchen + Craft Bar Best Mezcal Cocktails

Location: Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach

Vibe: Coastal Cool

What to Order: Don’t Be a Pasilla (cocoa-infused Bruxo Mezcal, Los Sunday Blanco Tequila, blood orange, pasilla and árbol syrup, lime) or Piña Piña (Los Javis mezcal, ancho verde, fresh pineapple juice, lime cordial)


5 | The Drake Best Mezcal Cocktails

Location: Laguna Beach

Vibe: Intimate, Lively

What to Order: Smoky Paloma (Xicaru Mezcal, grapefruit juice, soda water)

6 | 1974 Bodega at The Circle

Location: Huntington Beach

Vibe: Moody 

What to Order: A selection of over 100 mezcals and tequilas to please! 


7 | Make at Home: 

Mezcal Pineapple Sour

What You’ll Need: 
2 oz Nosotros Mezcal
2 oz fresh pineapple juice
1 oz fresh lime juice 
.25 oz agave
1 egg white
Pineapple slice for garnish

How to Make:
Pour all ingredients into a shaker.
Shake until mixture becomes frothy.
Add ice; continue to shake. 
Strain into a glass without the ice. 
Garnish with pineapple, and enjoy! 

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Taylor is a graduate from the University of Southern California with a degree in journalism. She is our Los Angeles and Orange County editor. You can find her dining at a new restaurant, in the ocean or planning her next adventure. Say hello!


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