Tamarind Cocktail with Mezcal

This Tamarind Cocktail combines smoky agave-based mezcal with tamarind syrup before the glass gets topped off with ginger beer. It’s a beautifully balanced cocktail that is super quick and easy to make (if you’ve got the tamarind syrup)… It’s always cocktail hour somewhere!

2 Tamarind Mezcal Mules on a wood background with lime wedges.

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A few days ago, I published a recipe/post for tamarind syrup. To be perfectly transparent, it was my desire to create a tamarind mezcal cocktail recipe that drove the syrup recipe (not the other way ’round!). Of course I’ll be playing with the tamarind syrup for other recipes as well (a dessert perhaps?).

Mezcal can be a tricky spirit to work with. Artisanal mezcal, prepared in the traditional way, is cooked in earthen pits lined with lava rocks and filled with wood and charcoal before being distilled in clay pots. The resulting smokiness is a key flavor in mezcal. I have tasted many brands, and the intensity of the smokiness really varies. For more on mezcal, see A Guide to Mezcal.

As with this blood orange mezcal negroni, acidity and some type of sweetener temper the smokiness a bit, resulting in a well-balanced, but complex sipper. The tamarind syrup provides the sweet-tart component, while the spiciness and effervescence of the ginger beer rounds it out. I think you’re going to love this one!

What makes this cocktail a “mule?”

The classic “Moscow mule” is composed of vodka (hence “Moscow”), citrus (lime), and ginger beer. The “mule” is ostensibly due to the kick provided by the ginger beer. Over the decades, new mule variants appeared on the cocktail scene including “Kentucky mule” (with bourbon), “Caribbean mule” (with rum), and “Mexican mule” (with tequila).

I submit that my tamarind mezcal cocktail is a “mule,” but it seems no one is looking for a mezcal mule! All of the mule variations get topped off with ginger beer. I changed the title and name to try to get more eyeballs on this unique cocktail.

📋 Cocktail Ingredients

Ingredients for the tamarind mezcal mule: Ginger beer, tamarind syrup, mezcal, with lime and mint garnish.
  • tamarind syrup – I highly recommend making homemade tamarind syrup, but there are commercially available brands like this Cortas Tamarind Syrup.
  • mezcal – Choosing a bottle of mezcal can be overwhelming. There are 3 main types of mezcal – joven “young” mezcal (spends no time in oak barrels), reposado (spends 2-12 months in oak barrels), and añejo (aged 1 to 3 years in oak). You want to taste the agave, so stick with a joven mezcal. If you don’t love mezcal, try it with a reposada tequila!
  • ginger beer – Ginger beer is intensely ginger-flavored, and ginger ale is not an acceptable substitute. You can choose between alcoholic and non-alcoholic ginger beer, and you’ll find some of them also come in “diet” or “light” versions. Any of these will work in this mezcal mule! Be sure to chill the ginger beer in advance.
  • ice – You’ll need ice cubes to stir in the shaker to chill the syrup and the mezcal, as well as a preferably single large ice cube for each cocktail.
  • garnishes – On photo day, I happened to have kiwi berries on hand. I garnished with the kiwi berries, lime twist, and mint leaves. A lime slice is another, simpler option. Be creative!
A bottle of mezcal, a bottle of tamarind syrup, a cocktail shaker, jigger, and bar spoon.
  • Get everything ready – Assemble ingredients (tamarind syrup, mezcal, chilled ginger beer, garnishes, ice) and equipment (jigger, shaker, spoon, glasses).
A stainless steel cocktail shaker and spoon, 2 rocks glasses with ice cubes, and a ginger beer.
  • Make the cocktail – Add several ice cubes to the shaker, followed by the mezcal and tamarind syrup. Stir vigorously, then strain into rocks glasses with a single ice cube (or a few smaller cubes). Top off with chilled ginger beer, and garnish as desired.
A straight on look at 2 red-rimmed rocks glasses with tamarind mezcal mules, lime wedges and garnish.
The completed tamarind cocktail with mezcal and garnished with kiwi berries, lime, and mint!

💭 Tips

Chill your ginger beer prior to making your cocktails so you don’t quickly melt your ice!

If you’re looking to up your cocktail “game,” with pretty garnishes, but don’t want to invest in more bar equipment, check out this Easy Cocktail Garnishes & Techniques video.

If you don’t mind spending a few bucks, this Microplane Bar Tool 7 in 1 includes a channel knife that’s great for twists and garnishes.

What kind of glasses are best for this cocktail?

I have several different styles of rocks glasses, and these large ones allowed for just the right amount of ginger beer. Of course the amount of ginger beer is subjective too.

How much ginger beer should I use?

The amount is subjective. I want to taste the spirit (mezcal in this case), so I go easy on it. On photo day, we used Central Market Lite Ginger Beer in a 6.8 ounce bottle. We split it between the 2 cocktails. The balance was really nice. 2 to 3.5 ounces per drink is a good range.

What ginger beer do I recommend?

I have tried many brands, and do find they very quite a bit in ginger intensity, calories, alcohol content (or not), and sweetness. For intense ginger flavor, I like the Reed’s Extra Ginger Brew Ginger Beer. For reduced calories, I like Reed’s Zero Sugar Extra Ginger Beer or Central Market’s Lite Ginger Beer. If you’re looking for a ginger beer with alcohol, we like Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer.

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A wood tray with 2 red-rimmed rocks glasses with tamarind mezcal mule.

Tamarind Mezcal Mule

A smoky, tart-sweet cocktail that combines agave-based mezcal with tamarind syrup, and gets topped off with ginger beer…
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Beverage
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 247 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ounce tamarind syrup
  • 2 ounces mezcal
  • ginger beer - to top off the glass
  • garnishes - see post

Instructions

  • Get everything ready – Assemble ingredients and equipment.
  • Make the cocktail – Add ice to the shaker, followed by the mezcal and tamarind syrup. Stir vigorously, then strain into rocks glasses. Top off with chilled ginger beer, and garnish as desired.

Notes

Calories are an approximation only from MyFitnessPal.com. They’re based on 2 ounces mezcal, 1 ounce Cortas Tamarind Syrup, and 3 ounces Reed’s Light Ginger Beer.
Time does not include making the tamarind syrup.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 247kcal

NOTE: Macronutrients are an approximation only using unbranded ingredients and MyFitnessPal.com. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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