Global Cocktail Hour Mexico Behind the Smoke Mezcal Margarita

By CSL Staff
August 21, 2019

City Style and Living Magazine Summer 2019 Mexican cocktail mescal margarita

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Inspired by the various ingredients found in some of our favourite drinks, CSL has got you covered with three essential cocktail pantries.  Travel around the world with us, and try them out at your next party.


Refreshingly intense, complex and exotic.


This Mexican seasoning powder consisting of dehydrated lime, chilli powder, salt and chilli pepper, is addictive! Use to rim the glass.

Hot sauce

A few dashes of spicy and acidic Tapatio (we equally love Cholula), is a great addition to Bloody Mary’s. 


An intensely sour fruit, usually made into a paste, it adds tartness, to help balance flavours.

Mexican lime

Smaller in size than those grown in the US, the juicy and floral citrus is used to brighten everything including cocktails.

City Style and Living Magazine Summer 2019 Mexican cocktail mescal margarita mexican drink pantry

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Behind the Smoke

A spin on the classic margarita, this cocktail balances sourness with a hint of smoke.

1½ oz Mezcal

Squeeze of lime juice

½ oz simple syrup

½ tsp Tamarind Paste

Dash of grenadine (for colour)

In a shaker, combine all ingredients, ice, in a Boston Shaker. Pour into an old fashioned glass and garnish the rim with tajin, and slice of lime.


This original cocktail recipe article first appeared in the Summer 2019 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.

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