Mix This: William & Company’s Watermelon Basil Mezcal Margarita

Mixologist Lily Ballance of the Peace Street neighborhood bar gives the margarita an end-of-summer spin with an infusion of smoky mezcal.
Recipe by Lily Ballance

Watermelon Basil Mezcal Margarita


  • 2 ounces mezcal
  • 2 ounces watermelon juice agua fresca
  • (pureed watermelon)
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 3 to 4 basil leaves
  • Pieces of watermelon
  • Tajín or a mix of chili powder and sugar


Dip a glass in water, then in the Tajín to rim it. Shake all remaining ingredients and strain over ice and garnish with basil and a watermelon slice.