Oaxaca Old Fashioned

The Oaxaca Old Fashioned is a variation on a classic Old Fashioned with a split base of tequila and mezcal. It’s rumored that the cocktail was created as a way to introduce the smoky flavors of mezcal to the American palate.

Read on to learn all the tips and tricks for making this Old Fashioned variation. Or just grab your cocktail shaker, hit that Jump to Recipe button, and let’s make a mezcal and tequila Old Fashioned cocktail!

pale yellow cocktail in a rocks glass with rock ice, orange, and cocktail cherry. The glass is on a silver tray next to a silver jigger.


Tequila is an agave-based spirit from only certain regions of Mexico (like Champagne and Prosecco must come from certain regions). It’s best to use a reposado tequila in this mezcal and tequila Old Fashioned – that’s a tequila aged in oak barrels for two to twelve months


Mezcal is also an agave-based spirit, but it’s from different regions of Mexico than tequila. It is indeed produced in the state of Oaxaca, which is also known for mole.

Agave nectar subs in as the sweetener in place of the sugar cube or sugar syrup in a classic Old Fashioned.

Bitters are the “seasoning” of a cocktail. This mezcal and tequila Old Fashioned really shines with a dash of chocolate or mole bitters and orange bitters.

Please see the recipe card below for complete information on ingredients and quantities.

Recipe tips and tricks

The mezcal and tequila Old Fashioned uses the same cocktail formula as a classic Old Fashioned. That’s two ounces of bourbon or rye whiskey, a sweetener, and a few dashes of bitters served in a rocks glass over a large ice cube.

There’s nothing tricky about making a Oaxaca Old Fashioned with tequila and mezcal. Add your liquors, agave nectar, and bitters to a cocktail shaker and stir with ice. Strain and garnish.

Tip from the wise quacker: The general teaching is that cocktails with citrus juices should be shaken, but cocktails with only alcohols should be stirred.

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Oaxaca Old Fashioned

5 from 2 votes
Category: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 167kcal
The Oaxaca Old Fashioned is a mezcal and tequila Old Fashioned using the classic cocktail ratio.
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  • 1 ounce mezcal
  • 1 ounce tequila reposado preferred
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • 1 dash chocolate or mole bitters
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • orange twist for garnish
  • cocktail cherry for garnish


  • Combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Stir until chilled and strain into a lowball glass filled with a large ice cube.
    1 ounce mezcal, 1 ounce tequila, 1 teaspoon agave nectar, 1 dash chocolate or mole bitters, 1 dash orange bitters
  • Garnish with the orange twist and cherry. Enjoy!
    cocktail cherry, orange twist


The original Oaxaca Old Fashioned was made with a greater proportion of tequila to mezcal. To make the original tequila cocktail, combine 1.5 ounces tequila, one-half ounce of mezcal, a teaspoon of agave, and a few dashes of Angostura bitters. Garnish with a flamed orange peel.


Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 0.01g | Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 2mg | Fiber: 0.02g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 0.1mg | Iron: 0.03mg
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This Mezcal and Tequila Old Fashioned was originally created for the 2024 52 Weeks of Cocktails challenge (week 14: the Old Fashioned).

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