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Here Are 7 Cocktails To Help You Solve The Difference In Sipping Mezcal vs. Tequila.

Here Are 7 Cocktails To Help You Solve The Difference In Sipping Mezcal vs. Tequila.

We have noticed that Mezcal, once recognized as mysterious liquor, is appearing at hot cocktail bars and restaurant menus across the country. Although tequila is considered Mexico’s most iconic liquid export, Mezcal has been around for at least 500 years.  Although tequila and mezcal are both made from the agave plant, the two spirits are different.

Tequila is made from just blue agave, where mezcal is crafted by a combination of several agave plants. Mezcal is smoky, as a result of roasting the agaves sometimes over several days, then crushed either by hand or wood and rocks.  Beyond smoky, one might distinguish notes of tropical fruit, roasted pineapple, and more varying on the aging process, climate and region in which the agave is grown.  The taste also depends on the blend of different agaves.  It may involve a more botanical and aromatic savor than tequila.

Although one can switch tequila-based drinks to this elixir,  we have listed 7 cocktails that involve sipping mezcal featuring La Luna  and Peloton de la Muerte  to try.   La Luna is made in Michoacán and highlights notes of floral with hints of citrus blossom and vanilla.  Peloton de la Muerte is crafted in the central valleys of Oaxaca, and incorporates a semi-dry mezcal with a hint of smoke on the finish.  Sip and enjoy!

The Nighthawk

Here Are 7 Cocktails To Help You Solve The Difference Between Sipping Mezcal vs. Tequila.

The Nighthawk

Eryn Reece of Banzarbar, NYC

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Peloton De La Muerte Mezcal
  • ¾ oz Sweet Vermouth
  • ¼ coffee liqueur

Method:

Add all ingredients into a mixing glass and stir.  Serve in a coupe cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange wedge.

The Monarca

Here Are 7 Cocktails To Help You Solve The Difference In Sipping Mezcal vs. Tequila.

The Monarca

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz La Luna Mezcal (made in Michoacán)
  • 1 oz Gustoso Blanco Rum (made in Michoacán)
  • 1/2 oz zarzamora (or blackberry) syrup
  • 1/8 oz passion fruit syrup
  • 3/4 oz grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 oz Lime juice
  • 1/8 oz Luxardo Maraschino
  • Dash of bitters

Method:

Mix all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously.

Next, Strain into a coupe glass. Finish with a splash of club soda.

Garnish with a blackberry, orange peel, and sprig of fresh thyme.

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Piña y El Maguey

Ingredients:

  • 2oz Peloton De La Muerte Mezcal
  • 2 oz Pineapple juice
  • ½ oz elderflower liquor
  • ½ oz lime juice
  • Salted rim

Method:

Place all ingredients in cocktail shaker.  Shake well then serve in rocks glass.

Pel-o-Tonic

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Peloton de la muerte Mezcal
  • 3oz tonic
  • ½ lime juice.

Method:

In Mixing glass, stir all ingredients together. Then, Serve in a Collins glass.

Spicy Paloma

Ingredients:

  • 5 oz Peloton De La Muerte Mezcal
  • ½ chopped jalapeno
  • 2oz grapefruit juice
  • ½ agave syrup or simple syrup
  • Angostura Bitters

Method:

Muddle jalapenos then add mezcal, grapefruit juice and strain.   Shake well then double strain into a Collins glass.  Top with angostura bitters.

Basil Mezcal Sour

Ingredients:

  • 5 oz Peloton De La Muerte Mezcal
  • ½ oz triple sec
  • ½ oz lime juice
  • ¾ oz agave nectar or simple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 basil leaves

Method:

Put all ingredients and into cocktail shaker.  Shake vigorously for 2 minutes until drink is creamy. Strain and serve up.

Mezcal Mule

Ingredients:

  • 2oz Peloton De La Muerte Mezcal
  • 5 oz ginger beer
  • ¾ oz lime juice
  • ¾ oz agave nectar or simple syrup

Method:

Combine all ingredients into cocktail glass. Stir all ingredients and add ice.  Garnish with lime.

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