Mezcal Marigold Margarita

A Marigold Mezcal Margarita is a cocktail to celebrate the symbolic Day of the Dead flower with marigold syrup, mezcal, and fresh squeezed lime. This is a Latin inspired Cocktail recipe.

Marigolds are the symbolic flower of Dia de los Muertos

That was until I was introduced to the African marigold, Flor de Muerte in Spanish or cempaxuchil. These tall-stemmed queens are strewn into wreaths, and constructed into brilliant arcs surrounding altars in Oaxaca and all over Mexico for Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. They’re blossoms can be as big as 6-inches and grow wild in the Oaxacan countryside through October leading up to Dia de los Muertos celebrations on November 1 and 2. They’re fragrant scent and bright orange color are said to awaken the senses of the dead and bring joy to the living.

They’re symbolism make them perfect for a Day of the Dead cocktail which we made for our Dia de los Muertos Fiesta which you can read all about here. Dried marigolds make a beautiful syrup and their floral, slightly bitter flavor go smashingly with smoky mezcal.

Check out these wonderful Margarita Glasses


1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 cup dried marigold flowers


Sea salt
3-4 dried marigold flowers
2 limes
1/4 cup mezcal
2 tablespoons marigold syrup, recipe below



To make the marigold syrup: Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Once boiling, remove from heat, stir in flowers, cover and let steep at least 15 minutes but up to 2 hours.


To make the margarita: Pour about 1/4 cup of salt on a shallow dish. Crumble 2 marigold flowers into salt and then rub the salt and flowers together.


Cut lime in half. Take one lime half and cut into thick slices. Rub one lime slice around the edge of a rocks glass. Dip the rim of the glass into the marigold salt and fill the glass with ice.


Fill a shaker with ice. Squeeze the remaining 3 lime wedges into the shaker, add mezcal and syrup. Cover and shake vigorously. Strain into prepared glass and garnish with crumbled marigold flower and a lime wedge.

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