The Marriage of Maguey

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Cocktail History

The Marriage of Maguey is a Sips From Scripts original cocktail that we created to use with Mozart Distillery’s Coffee Chocolate Liqueur. Inspired by another recipe in Death & Company’s new book Welcome Home: A Cocktail Recipe Book, it pairs the smoky flavors of the tequila and mezcal with coffee and cocoa notes to create a decadent dessert drink for those who enjoy the earthy flavors of the agave spirits. 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 one of the base spirits. We used Del Maguey Vida Mezcal because it offers aromas of tropical fruit, honey, and roasted agave and notes of ginger, cinnamon, and tangerine. 

Tequila Reposado: This is the other base spirit. It lends more agave flavor without as much smokiness. We used Arette Reposado because it’s light and peppery and it’s affordable.

Mozart Coffee Chocolate Liqueur: This adds all of the drink’s coffee and cocoa flavor. We made this recipe to use with Mozart Distillery’s Coffee Chocolate Liqueur because it was gifted to us and we knew its decadence would go well with the other ingredients.

Orange Curaçao: This adds orange flavor that complements the chocolate flavors well. We used Grand Marnier because it’s a well-known brand that offers Cognac’s richness as well as notes of hazelnut and toffee, which add to the dessert quality of the recipe.

Agave Syrup: This is adds agave sweetness to balance out the harsher ingredients. We made ours using Alex’s homemade recipe.

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 too, this cocktail is a must-try.

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 one “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 recipe 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 chocolate liqueur and give this one a try.”

Recipe

AuthorSips From ScriptsPrep Time5 minsRating

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 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 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

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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:

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

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

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

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