In addition to vibrant, beautiful clothing, Mexico is known for her delicious flavors. From salsas to tortillas to tequila, Mexican food and drink is every bit as lively as her clothing and styles. If you want to sample a taste of Mexico, there are so many ways to do it! But we want to introduce you to a flavor you probably haven’t heard of: mezcal.
Mezcal is part of the same group of Oaxacan agave spirits as tequila, but it boasts a smoky, savory and herbal flavor. Traditionally, mezcal is consumed straight, but some may find the intense flavor off-putting for a straight drink. A good way to enjoy the flavor – but make it a bit less pungent – is by using Mezcal in a cocktail. Here are five delicious cocktails to get you started:
This is a great place to start if you’ve never had mezcal before. Thanks to the Yellow Chartreuse and Dolin Blanc vermouth, the flavor of the mezcal is lightened and moderated. Grapefruit bitters give a tart touch of citrus to the drink. It’s a bright and summery cocktail!
Rum and mezcal make a sweet and smoky base for this Cuban-inspired cocktail. Cinnamon syrup gives it spice, while Cherry Heering makes it fruity and fun. Served over crushed ice, this one is a great option for a hot summer day.
This drink combines mezcal with its better-known relative, tequila. It’s a sweet and spicy drink, thanks to the cherry liqueur and Ancho Reyes – a spirit that is made from poblano peppers. It’s spicy, smoky and sweet all at once. The bright orange-red color is a feast for the eyes, too!
This is a unique drink, an egg-enriched cocktail that is foamy and frothy, filled with mezcal, elderflower and ginger liqueurs, lime juice and topped with chili powder. It’s full of the heat of ginger, accented by the caramel undertones of Averna Amaro.
A variation on the classic cocktail Last Word, this one brings heat, smoke and citrus to the flavor profile by swapping out gin for mezcal and adding serrano peppers, accented with lime juice. It’s tart, spicy and refreshing.
Mexico is full of life and color – and her alcohol is no exception! Try out mezcal and see if you like this taste of Mexico.