A few months ago on a typical rainy Seattle Friday night, I went out for drinks with my mom and our friend Kim. Kim is from Queens, New York and is a zesty, no BS kinda gal. And that's exactly how she takes her cocktails. She is a mezcal master who knows exactly what flavors bring out the right smokiness, boldness, and sweetness. When she introduced me to mezcal my life was forever changed. Therefore, I am here, writing this now, as someone who made the switch from red wine to mezcal cocktails and I am never going back.
We searched high and low for some of the best mezcal cocktails around the city. We, of course, know that we missed so many places either because we couldn't get in touch with locations or had scheduling issues - BUT! We promise you that these seven cocktails are absolutely, mouth watering. Please get in touch with us if you know where the BEST mezcal cocktails are in the city.
"Oaxacan Velvet" from The Tin Table ($10). I can't say that I have a favorite cocktail on this list, but there is a reason why this is on the top! The Tin Table's "Oaxacan Velvet" is not only aesthetically beautiful, but has everything that I love about mezcal cocktails, including a red wine float on top. It's smoky and sour with a bit of sweetness. Here's the mixture: mezcal, lime, ginger, agave, and Cabernet Sauvignon on the top.
915 E Pine St
Seattle, WA 98122
"Hell on Wheels" from Six Seven ($15). Six Seven is the beautiful restaurant at the Edgewater Hotel! "Hell on Wheels" is SO GOOD. It's a sweeter mezcal cocktail, however they add a few dashes of "firewater tincture" that lights that baby up! It adds the perfect amount of spice to counteract the sweetness and creates a tasty inferno that makes my taste buds sing. Here's the mixture: Del Maguey "Vida" Mezcal, Don Julio Reposado Tequila, firewater tincture, agave, lime and salt.
2411 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121
"Wolf of Oaxaca" from The Butcher's Table ($13). This cocktail is a strong runner-up for first. If you aren't familiar with The Butcher's Table, it's an upscale steak house with phenomenal food. But - I have been to the Butcher's Table a handful of times just for this cocktail. If you like something a bit sweeter, this is the mezcal cocktail for you. The pineapple is fresh and delicious and the cocktail overall is so refreshing. It also has a really nice film on the top that reminds me of an egg white fizz, but I think it's just the pineapple all shaken up. Can't you see I am a professional when it comes to cocktail jargon?!?! HA! Here's the mixture: tequila, Del Maguey "Vida" mezcal, pineapple, agave, lime.
2121 Westlake Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
"Mexican Grand Prix" from Wakefield ($10). Man, this one is also a tight run for first! Maybe I can't decide which one - they are all fabulous, really. Anywhosies, Wakefield is a great neighborhood bar in Belltown! I frequent this place for dinner, drinks, lunch, and brunch. I would say I average about twice a week at this place. This cocktail is amazing. I think the thing that takes it off the charts is their kaffir lime salt rim. They take salt, sugar, and dehydrated ground kaffir lime leaves to rim the glass. It's such a unique rim that totally kicks up the flavor of the bevvy! Here's the mixture: kaffir lime rim, house tequila, Nuestra mezcal, kaffir lime house made simple syrup, fresh lime juice, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, grapefruit bitters.
2318 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
Bartender Special from Cursed Oak ($12). So this cocktail was made just for us, meaning you can't find it on the menu! A few weekends ago, my mom and I were feeling a little angsty and decided to go on a bar crawl. We had seen Cursed Oak on the corner of 2nd and Blanchard and always thought it looked very intriguing. They are a newer bar, not even a year old, and we finally made it in to try some drinks. We asked the bartender to whip up a mezcal cocktail and it was everything we wanted on the sunny Saturday. Super simple, sweet, and refreshing. Here's the mixture: mezcal, house made lavender syrup, and freshly squeeze grapefruit juice.
2137 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
"Smoky Margarita" from The Matador ($9.5). The Smoky Margarita from The Matador is amazing. I think what really kicked it up was the charred pineapple. You could taste the smokey sweetness from the pineapple and it also has the smokiness from the mezcal so it's a smokey-sweet melting pot. Here's the mixture: Monte Lobo Mezcal, triple sec, charred pineapple reduction, lime, tajin rim.
2221 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107
"Can't Stand the Rain" from Herb & Bitter ($11). So I hate to admit it guys - but I didn't get to try this one. I had to stay in my desk the day we photographed this one - but my trusty sidekick, Sy Bean, tried it for me! He said "It was super balanced. If I drank this cocktail on a hot day and someone kept feeding me that - it would be dangerous. The mint adds a nice refreshing twist! It didn't have the obvious mezcal smokiness, but the mint really brought out a unique taste. It was a bit different, but I was into it." Here's the mixture: mezcal, tequila, pear brandy, lime juice, a liqueur made from the resin of the mastic tree, Crème de menthe and topped with mint garnish.
516 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102
PLEAAAAASE let us know which ones we missed! Also, I am always on the hunt for new mezcal cocktails to try, because life is short and mezcal is exceptionally delicious.