Summer Mezcal Cocktails

Last Updated August 07, 2016
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Make that margarita with mezcal instead of tequila!

What's the difference between mezcal and tequila? These Mexican spirits both start with the agave plant. Tequila must be made with the blue agave, while mezcal can be made with 30+ varieties. Depending on the region of Mexico, there are different names, such as Charanda in Michoacan or Sotol in Chihuahua. Most of the mezcals are made in Oaxaca. For both tequila and mezcal, the plants are harvested: workers cut off the spiky leaves, revealing a pineapple-like core. These are cooked in large ovens and shredded, then fermented. Artisanal mezcals are cooked in underground pits, giving them a distinctive smoky flavor.

 

Grand Spicy Martini

Grand Spicy Martini (Photo: Zignum)
This recipe uses mezcal, made from agave.

Zignum White Sangria

This uses mezcal, a distilled alcoholic beverage made from agave plants that are native to Mexico.

Basil Margarita

Zignum Basil Margarita (Photo: Zignum)
This cocktail uses mezcal, made from the agave plant.

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