How to make a healthy-ish margarita for cinco de mayo

margo's mezcal margarita
Photo: Margo's
Total Time

5 minutes

PSA: Avocados aren’t just for smoothies (and salads and toast). It turns out that the superfood is a healthy and delicious addition to margaritas. “It helps dial back the smokiness of the mezcal and gives the cocktail an almost smoothie-like texture,” says Anthony Mylott, head bartender at Margo’s, a restaurant and bar in Santa Monica, who shares his recipe below.

In this version, traditionally-used tequila is traded for mezcal, a Mexican liquor that’s been trending in the health world recently since it’s purer than tequila in terms of ingredients and craftsmanship. Made from agave, it imparts a complex, earthy flavor.

To fully incorporate the avocado, “shake it in a shaker with ice until it’s completely broken down and then build the margarita on top of that,” says Mylott. If you can’t find chili salt, make it yourself by combining two parts kosher salt to one part Aleppo pepper and a dash of cayenne. Ready to serve it up at your next fiesta? Scroll down for the recipe.

Margo’s, 1534 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, California 90403, 310-829-3990, margossantamonica.com

Mezcal and Avocado Margarita

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  • Prep Time
    5 minutes
  • Cook Time
  • Servings
    glass

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a shaker tin, add avocado and ice. Shake to break down avocado.

  2. Add mezcal, lime, and agave. Shake until cold.

  3. Make the chili salt. (If you can't find it in the store: Mix two parts kosher salt to one part Aleppo pepper, and add a dash of cayenne.)

  4. Rim a glass with chili salt.

  5. Strain drink into glass, over fresh ice.

Recipe Notes

For more Cinco de Mayo recipes, check out these brilliant guac recipes and these vegan tacos.

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