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Meaning ‘grass’, Malinalli is the day in the Aztec Calendar associated with rejuvenation and tenacity.

1.5 oz Ilegal Mezcal Joven

0.5 oz Green Chartreuse

0.75 oz pineapple juice

0.5 oz lime juice

Rosemary sprig

Combine and shake vigorously. Double strain the cocktail into a glass to remove any ice and solids. Garnish the drink with a fresh rosemary sprig.

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Cóctel Al Pastor

Add 1 cup of unsalted corn nuts to a blender and blend until the corn nuts are the consistency of course sea salt. Then mix into 5 cups of salt.

Add 3.5 oz vegan Achiote paste to 1 qt pineapple juice, and stir until dissolved.

2 oz Ilegal Mezcal Joven

1 oz achiote-infused pineapple juice

1 oz lime juice

0.5 oz agave nectar

Tortilla salt rim

Shake and strain into a glass rimmed with tortilla salt. Garnish with pineapple leaves.

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Paloma Ingrata

Nostalgia in a glass, inspired by Mercedes Castro’s Mexican anthem

1.5 oz Ilegal Mezcal Joven

0.5 oz lime

0.75 oz agave nectar

0.75 oz grapefruit

2 oz IPA beer

Add all ingredients to tin and whip. Shake with 2 ice cubes and dump into a beer glass with salt rim and fill with ice. Garnish with grapefruit peel.

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Invierno Ilegal

Ilegal bartenders craft beautiful mezcal cocktail recipes. Pictured is the Invierno Ilegal, which combines cinnamon-infused Ilegal Reposado with guava syrup and fresh lime.

Add 2 sticks of Mexican cinnamon to one 750 ml bottle of Ilegal Mezcal #Reposado and let sit for 6 hours

Add 1 cup of sugar to 1 cup of guava juice. Bring to a boil and boil until sugar is dissolved. Let cool.

2 oz cinnamon-infused Ilegal Reposado

3/4 oz guava syrup

3/4 oz fresh lime

Add all ingredients to a shaker and shake vigorously until chilled and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with grated cinnamon.

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El Poblano

2 oz Ilegal Mezcal Joven

2 slices of Poblano pepper

1 oz lime juice

0.5 oz agave nectar

Chipotle salt:

3 tsp chipotle en adobo purée

1 cup kosher salt

/ Mix Chipotle salt ingredients together and let dry.

Add ingredients to shaker and shake. Strain into stemmed glass with chipotle salt rim. Garnish with a Poblano slice.

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Jello Shots

Light, bright, crushable mezcal cocktails you can try at home. Jello Shots ↓

1.25 cups orange juice

1 packet unflavored gelatin

0.75 cups Ilegal Joven

1 sprinkle Tajín

– Add orange juice to a pot and bring to boil
– Add packet of unflavored gelatin and stir until dissolved
– Add Ilegal Mezcal Joven
– Let cool
– Pour into shot glasses and add tajín
– Refrigerate

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No Sé Smash

2oz Ilegal Mezcal Joven

0.75oz Lime Juice

0.75oz Orgeat Simple Syrup

5 Berries of Choice

6 Drops Angostura Bitters

*Orgeat syrup is made from almonds, sugar, and floral water. Available at most liquor stores.

Put all ingredients into rocks glass. Muddle and fill with crushed ice, shake. Add 6 drops Angostura bitters.