Oaxaca Cooler

  • Serves

    makes 1 Cocktail

Muddled cucumber, lemon, and a pinch of chili salt are a refreshing match for Oaxacan mezcal. (This drink works best with a non-traditional, unsmoked agave mezcal.)


  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. Mexican-style chili powder
  • 2 lemon wedges
  • 5 slices cucumber
  • 1 12 tsp. agave nectar
  • 2 oz. mezcal produced from unsmoked agave, such as Zignum


Step 1

Mix the salt and the chili powder together on a small plate. Run a lemon wedge around the glass to moisten, and rim the glass with chili salt.

Step 2

Combine the lemon wedges, cucumber, and a pinch of chili salt in the bottom of a shaker and muddle well. Add mezcal, agave nectar, and ice. Shake and strain into a margarita glass over fresh ice.

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