Booze 101: All about mezcal

Booze 101: All about mezcal

For bartenders, mixologists, cocktail lovers and collectors, mezcal has rapidly become the obsession above all other liquors. The smoky, agave-based spirit is adored for its unique profile, and finds its way into many cocktails on the local scene. So what is mezcal? And how is it related to tequila?

Here’s the basic lowdown.

The basics

  • Mezcal is any type of agave-based spirit produced in Mexico. So technically, tequila is a form of mezcal.
  • By law, mezcal must be between 80-100% agave. The designations blanco, reposado, and...