Thursday, May 28, 2009

Mezcal: history and cocktail recipes.

First some History:

The word "mezcal" comes from the Nahuatl word "mexcalli" which means cooked maguey (pronounced ma-gay, no pun intended). Maguey or Agave is the plant (pictured above) from which tequila and mezcal are distilled. Both spirits are produced in Mexico, but Tequila is native of the town called Tequila, in the estate of Jalisco while mezcal is native of the estate of Oaxaca. While the worm at the bottom of a Mezcal bottle is not esential it helps to diferentiate it from Tequila, which will never have a worm at the bottom. Mezcal also comes in different flavors, depending on the fruit or substance used during the destilation process, some of the flavors or types of mezcal are: "de gusano" (with worm), "tobalá", "pechuga", "blanco" (white, plain), "minero" ("the miner" traditional flavor, without worm), "cedrón" (cedar flavor), "de alacrán" (with scorpion flavor), "crema de café" (coffe cream) and many other fruital flavors (read more).

Now some cocktails (yeah!):


This cocktail uses coffee liqueur, the original recipe calls for Kahlua, but you can use any coffee liqueur like Tia Maria. It also calls for a coffee bean garnish on top.
  • 1 oz mezcal
  • 0.75 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 spoon of coffee liqueur
  • 1/4 oz orgeat (almond syrup)
Shake and strain into a tumbler with crushed ice. For garnish you could use a pineapple spear, zest of lime and a cherry. Be ready for the strong flavor of mezcal, but don't worry, after two of these you would not notice it anymore (ha ha).

"Smoky Beet"

In a chilled martini glass mix:
  • 1 oz mezcal
  • Top with fresh beet juice mix
  • Stir in the glass with ice.
  • Add a sprinkle of lime.
Garnish with a few of the fresh young beet leaves, or with celery. I know that a lot of people can't stand beet, but if you can, give it a try, it is fresh and looks healthy (as seen in A Mountain of Crushed Ice blog).

Apple Mezcaltini

  • 2 oz. Mezcal
  • 1½ oz. Bols sour apple liqueur
  • ½ oz. Lemon juice
  • Apple slice for garnish
Pour ingredients into mixing glass or shaker, add ice and shake to chill. Strain into a Martini Glass and garnish with an apple slice. You could use apple Schnapps instead of apple liqueur. In other words, the Apple Mezcaltini is prepared like any Apple Martini but with mezcal instead of vodka.

My personal favorite is the last one, it tastes great! I hope you enjoyed these cocktail recipes.


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