The Marriage of Maguey

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Cocktail History

The Marriage of Maguey is a Sips From Scripts original cocktail that was created for Mozart Distillery’s Coffee Chocolate Liqueur. Inspired by a similar recipe in Death & Company’s new book Welcome Home: A Cocktail Recipe Book, this version pairs the smoky flavors of mezcal and tequila with citrus as well as the coffee and cocoa notes in the liqueur to create a decadent dessert drink for those who enjoy the earthy flavors of agave. Its name is also a nod to mezcal and the composer after whom Mozart Liqueurs were named.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Mezcal: This is a spirit made in Mexico with agave, sugar, and alcohol that is aged in an underground pit lined with wood. We used Del Maguey Vida Mezcal because it has a palatable mezcal flavor with notes of ginger, cinnamon, and tangerine. For a mocktail version of this drink, try MONDAY Zero Alcohol Mezcal in place of the mezcal.

Tequila Reposado: This is a type of tequila made in Mexico with blue agave, sugar, and alcohol that is aged from two to twelve months. We used Arette Tequila Reposado because it has a light and peppery flavor. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Ritual Zero-Proof Tequila Alternative in place of the tequila.

Coffee Chocolate Liqueur: This is a liqueur made with white chocolate, coffee beans, spices, sugar, and alcohol. We used Mozart Distillery Coffee Chocolate Liqueur because it has a rich cocoa flavor with light notes of coffee and a creamy texture. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Monin Premium Dark Chocolate Syrup and Lyre’s Coffee Original Non-Alcoholic Spirit in place of the coffee chocolate liqueur.

Orange Curaçao: This is a liqueur made with oranges, sugar, and brandy or rum. We used Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge because it has a rich Cognac base with notes of bitter orange, hazelnut, and toffee. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Monin Premium Triple Sec Syrup in place of the orange liqueur.

Agave Syrup: This is a sweetener that is made from the fluid inside agave plants. We made ours at home using Alex’s recipe.

Bartending Tools

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following bar tools:

Jigger: This is used to measure and pour ingredients. We used the Japanese jigger from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Mixing Glass: This is used to hold the ingredients while they’re being stirred. We used the Viski 17 oz Cocktail Mixing Glass.

Bar Spoon: This is used to stir ingredients. We used the Barfly Stainless Steel Teardrop Bar Spoon.

Julep Strainer: This is used to strain out ice and solid ingredients after the cocktail is stirred. We used the A Bar Above Julep Strainer.

Tasting Notes

The Marriage of Maguey features aromas of earthy mezcal and coffee and has a rich, thick, chocolatey mouthfeel with mezcal’s smoky flavors enhanced by sweet agave notes, all of which is finished with a dark chocolate and coffee flavor that leaves a slightly smoky taste in the throat.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Kendall isn’t big on mezcal so this one wasn’t her favorite recipe, but Alex is and loved it. If you like mezcal and dessert drinks too, The Marriage of Maguey is a must-try.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I came up with this drink while reading Death & Co’s newest book, Welcome Home. In it, they feature a drink that has mezcal, tequila, and crème de cacao, and I figured that since coffee and mezcal go so well together already, I could use the Mozart Coffee Chocolate Liqueur in basically the same recipe to great effect. This drink was delicious, as long as you like mezcal, and its smoky chocolate flavors will make for a great dessert drink no matter your preferences.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐
“I affectionately named this recipe ‘Cocoa Car Tire’ when I first tasted it because I still don’t really care for mezcal. I could see myself getting there with this cocktail though! The mezcal is noticeable but doesn’t burn thanks to the sweeter ingredients. It’s like a desert-inspired dessert drink. If you’re already a fan of agave spirits, pick up a bottle of Mozart’s heavenly coffee chocolate liqueur and give this one a try.”

Recipe

AuthorSips From Scripts

Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Mezcal
 ½ oz Tequila Reposado
 ½ oz Mozart Coffee Chocolate Liqueur
 ¼ oz Orange Curaçao
 ¼ oz Agave Syrup

Method
1

Add mezcal, tequila, coffee chocolate liqueur, orange curaçao, agave syrup, and cubed ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a lowball glass over a clear ice ball.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Mezcal
 ½ oz Tequila Reposado
 ½ oz Mozart Coffee Chocolate Liqueur
 ¼ oz Orange Curaçao
 ¼ oz Agave Syrup

Directions

Method
1

Add mezcal, tequila, coffee chocolate liqueur, orange curaçao, agave syrup, and cubed ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a lowball glass over a clear ice ball.

The Marriage of Maguey

Make It a Mocktail: Use MONDAY Zero Alcohol Mezcal in place of the mezcal, Ritual Zero-Proof Tequila Alternative in place of the tequila, Monin Premium Dark Chocolate Syrup and Lyre’s Coffee Original Non-Alcoholic Spirit in place of the coffee chocolate liqueur, and Monin Premium Triple Sec Syrup in place of the orange liqueur to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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More Mezcal Cocktails

If you like this mezcal-based cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Privateer Cocktail Recipe

Privateer (Variation): A tequila cocktail made with passion fruit syrup, pineapple juice, lime juice, smoke and salt bitters, rosemary, and Tajín

Sabueso Old Fashioned

Sabueso Old Fashioned: A tequila and mezcal cocktail made with caramel coffee syrup, coffee and chocolate bitters, and an orange peel

The Burns & The Bees Cocktail Recipe

The Burns & The Bees: A poblano pepper-infused tequila cocktail made with triple sec, raspberry liqueur, lime juice, honey syrup, Tres Amigos bitters, mezcal, and a lime wedge

Mexican Tricycle Cocktail Recipe

Mexican Tricycle: A mezcal cocktail made with Cynar, hard cider, and a lime wheel

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