LA's best tequila and mescal cocktails (Slide show)

Sip a taste of Mexico with LA's best tequila and mescal cocktails that are smoky, sweet, savory and downright stiff.

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We checked out the best cocktail bars and best restaurants in the city to bring you LA's best tequila and mescal cocktails. Whether you prefer your libation smoky or savory or your glass salt-rimmed or muddled with fruit, try these 20 cocktails that say "fiesta!"


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    Smoking Gun ($13) with Vida mezcal, Cynar, Calisaya at Allumette

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    Temporado ($12) with cachaça, Avión Silver tequila, lime juice, fresh cilantro and jalapeño at Sadie Kitchen and Lounge

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    Rio Bravo ($14) with Cazadores Blanco tequila, mezcal, agave syrup, Peychaud Bitters and Angnostura Bitters at Cecconi's

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    Mezcalada ($8) with roasted poblano pepper, Clamato, Del Maguey Vida mezcal, fresh lime, Corona and house-smoked salt at La Cuevita

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    La Cuevita ($11) with Del Maguey La Crema de Mezcal, St. Germain, fresh lime and Fever Tree ginger beer at La Cuevita

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    El Diablo ($14) with Casadores tequila, ginger syrup, crème de cassis, lime and candied ginger at Cecconi's

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    The Outlaw ($10) with Milagro Reposado, jalapeño, honey, fresh grapefruit, lime and cilantro at Oldfield's Liquor Room

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    Sophia ($14) with Del Meguey Vida mezcal, Campari, agave and fresh lime juice at Bar Stella

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    Kick in the Junk ($12) with mezcal, housemade chili shrub, ginger syrup, fresh lime and pickled chilies at the Bungalow

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    Skinny Margarita ($6.95) with Partida Reposado tequila, agave nectar and fresh lime juice at Casa Vega

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    Spiced Daisy ($13) with Pueblo Viejo tequila, Pierre Ferrand dry orange curaçao, lime juice, agave, juiced cucumber, cilantro and jalapeño at Las Perlas

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    Man in the Yellow Hat ($12) with Del Maguey Vida mezcal, banana, lemon, coconut and cardamom at Manhattan Beach Post

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    Mesa Mule ($14) with Partida tequila, passion fruit purée, ginger beer, fresh jalapeõ at Shorebar

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    Barbacoa ($14) with micro-climate mezcal, chipotle, fresh ginger, fresh lime and beef jerky at Rivera

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    Picante en la Casa ($14) with Cazadores tequila, muddled red chillies and cilantro, fresh lime and agave nectar at Cecconi's

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    Poblano Escobar ($13) with mezcal, Pierre Ferrand dry orange curaçao, cumin, muddled Poblano chili and fresh pineapple, lime and agave at Las Perlas

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    Mexican Firing Squad ($14) with tequila, grenadine, fresh lime juice, Angostura bitters and club soda at 1886

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    Rayo Verde ($12) with Tru IXA organic tequila, blackberry, lime and ginger at Manhattan Beach Post

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    Mike's Tijuana Meds ($12) with tequila, licor 43, freshly squeezed lime juice and egg white at Stark Bar

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    Alacran margarita ($14) with tequila, Veev Açai spirit, Torres orange liqueur, fresh limonada and chile serrano-infused syrup at Red O

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Smoking Gun ($13) with Vida mezcal, Cynar, Calisaya at Allumette


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