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Kicked-up Blood Orange Mezcalita

  • Yield: 2 drinks


  • New Mexican chili powder
  • Kosher or coarse salt
  • 1-ounce freshly squeezed lime juice, plus a wedge for rimming glasses
  • Ice cubes
  • 2 ounces fresh blood orange puree (sold refrigerated or frozen in containers)
  • 2 ounces mezcal
  • 1-ounce orange liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier)
  • 1-ounce simple syrup


  • Place equal parts chili powder and salt on a plate and mix to evenly combine. Rub a lime wedge around the edge of 2 margarita or martini glasses and then dip the glasses in the chili powder mixture to thinly coat the rim.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Add the lime juice, blood orange puree, mezcal, orange liqueur, and simple syrup. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and then strain into each glass.