An introduction to Mezcal
‘Para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien, tambien’.
This phrase means ‘For every ill, Mezcal, and for every good as well’, and gives you an insight into the local attitude towards this delicious drink.
According to folklore, a lightning bolt struck open an agave plant, cooking the pina in one and releasing the finished juice. For this reason, mezcal is often referred to by it’s nickname, ‘the elixir of the gods’.
For many, a journey to Mexico means coming across mezcal for the first time, and sampling the delights of Tequila’s lesser-known cousin. However, those that try it are often quick to fall in love with it, given that the small-batch distilling process using oven-cooked agave creates what many describe as a smoky and smooth taste.
While shots of tequila are commonplace, Mezcal is best enjoyed from a scotch tumbler or similar, and sipped at a slow pace to let the smokiness develop. Typically, it’s enjoyed straight rather than in a cocktail, and you may want to try it on the rocks if it’s your first foray into the world of Mezcal.
Please remember to drink responsibly.