Mezcal is a type of spirit from Mexico. It’s made from the agave plant and it differs from tequila in a few ways, most notably it’s smoky flavour and aroma. If you can’t find mezcal at your liquor store feel free to substitute tequila. This cocktail has a rosemary salt rim and this recipe will yield extra rosemary salt. This is great to have on hand to flavour all sorts of meals – from grilled meats, to popcorn, to roasted vegetables.
Pomegranate Rosemary Mezcal Margarita
Prep time: 10 minutes, 1 hour inactive
Cook time: 0
Total time: 10 minutes, 1 hour inactive
Yield: 1 cocktail
For the Rosemary Salt
- ½ cup coarse salt
- ½ cup rosemary
- 1 tsp. granulated sugar
- Zest of ½ a lime
For the Margarita
- .5oz rosemary simple syrup
- .5oz fresh lime juice
- 1oz pomegranate juice
- 1oz mezcal
- .5oz triple sec or Grand Marnier
- Rosemary sprig and pomegranate seeds for garnish
- Plenty of ice
In a food processor combine salt, rosemary, granulated sugar and lime zest. Pulse until well combined and the mixture looks like damp green sand. Spread out on a baking sheet and let it dry out for an hour or two. This will be used as the rim for your cocktail but any extra will keep for about a year in an airtight jar.
Rim a rocks glass with rosemary salt. Fill a martini shaker with ice. Add simple syrup, lime juice, pomegranate juice and triple sec. Shake vigorously. Pour into rimmed glass filled with ice. Garnish with fresh pomegranate seeds and a sprig of rosemary.