Mezcal = The Spirit of Summer

Mezcal : Your new BFF

I have long been a fan of Mezcal’s smokey goodness. When I was first introduced to the so called cousin of tequila my first reaction was , “where has this been all my life!?” I find it to be a great transition when it comes to switching out your old fashioned for something lighter and brighter for the hotter months.

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Similar to tequila, mezcal is also made from the agave plant. The difference being that tequila can only be made from the blue agave plant, and the latter can be made with over 30 different varieties of agave. In order to get that distinct smoky flavor the pina’s ( heart of the agave plant ) are roasted underground beneath hot volcanic rock for up to 10 days. Producing this spirit is an art form and takes true passion, care, and respect for the agave plant.

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Nuestra Soledada Mezcal

Nuestra Soledad

Made from 100% espadin agave from San Baltazar Guelavila, Oaxaca. Roasted in pit ovens with mesquite and oak, fermented in open-air wooden vats, and double-distilled in copper alembic stills.

Tasting notes:

Fresh roasted agave, sweet tropical fruit, white pepper, mineral driven.

Del Maguey Mezcal

Del Maguey Chichicapa

Faustino Garcia Vasquez is the maker of Chichicapa. He is a humble and talented craftsmen with the utmost respect for the process.

Tasting notes:

Chichicapa has a relatively light nose, yet is deep and sweet on the tongue with lots of citrus and a very complex character. It has a long finish with developing smokiness and a hint of chocolate and mint at the end.

 

Alipus Mezcal

Alipús Mezcal

Alipus is now Mexico’s #1 artisan mezcal. Craft Distillers started importing the Alipus mezcals in 2012. Both Los Danzantes and Craft Distillers take lower than normal markups so that these distillers can be better paid and so that all of us can enjoy it for years to come.

Tasting notes:

Floral, smoke, and spice notes with medium alcohol burn.

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This recipe is soooo simple and tastes delicious. I wanted to share something that would really let the flavors of mezcal shine.

Ingredients: 

  • Salt
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 2 ounces of mezcal
  • 2 ounces of grapefruit juice

 

Pour some kosher salt on a plate. Rub half of rim of a highball glass with a grapefruit wedge; dip rim of glass in salt. Combine 1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice, 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, and 1 teaspoon sugar in glass; stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in 1/4 cup mezcal, add ice, and top off with 1/4 cup club soda. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.

 

 

 

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