One hot summer night a few years ago, my friends and I went to a restaurant called Mexican Radio for drinks, chips and salsa and I discovered my ultimate summer drink. At Mexican Radio they call it the Spicy Scorpion and what it is, is a classic margarita that’s kicked up with a muddled jalapeno and a little tiny splash of mezcal for smoky deliciousness. Mezcal is a tequila made in a certain location in Mexico and from only Blue Agave and has a very unique smokey flavor. I sincerely wish I had invented this drink because I would name it after myself…perhaps something along the lines of “The Smokin’ Hot Leah.” Hahaha, just kidding. Sorta. But anyway, it combines all the things I love, it’s salty, it’s tart, it’s smoky and it has tequila. Lots of it.. win win win WIN.
I use a couple of kitchen tools when I make this, A muddler, like this one, which is only $5 and has the cute Williams Sonoma stamp on it. I also use a citrus juicer like this one if I’m making more than one of these because I use a full lime per drink.
Leah”s Ingredient Snobbery for this Drink
Really- I have only one rule – the Tequila Can’t be super cheap. I like Hornitos Brand but any decent quality Tequila should be good. I chose the Fidencio brand of Mezcal (mostly because I liked the label.) I really am no expert on this type of Tequila. Even though all types of Mezcal are a bit expensive a little bit goes a long because the flavor is powerful in a oaky scotch type way… so the bottle will last for a long time.
If you don’t want to buy Mezcal or can’t find it, don’t fret, you can use smoked salt for the rim of the glass to add smokiness. I got mine at Target.