3 Easy Ways to Drink Mezcal
Mezcal, a traditional Mexican spirit derived from the agave plant, has been enjoying a surge in popularity in recent years due to its distinct and complex flavor profile. Often misunderstood as simply a smoky tequila, mezcal stands on its own as a versatile and intriguing spirit that deserves to be appreciated. Here are three easy ways to drink mezcal and enjoy this unique beverage.
1. Neat – Savor the Flavor:
One of the best ways to appreciate the unique flavors and subtle nuances of mezcal is by drinking it straight, or neat. This is often served in small clay cups or shot glasses. To truly savor the taste, you should sip it slowly rather than shooting it. As you sip, pay attention to its texture, smokiness, and fruity, earthy, or spicy undertones that are often attributed to the various types of agave used in production.
2. Mezcal & Tonic – A Simple Twist on a Classic:
If you want a refreshing alternative to your regular gin and tonic, try the mezcal and tonic. This simple cocktail allows for the flavors of the mezcal to remain present while adding a citrus kick and effervescence from the tonic water. To make this drink, fill a glass with ice, add 2 ounces of mezcal and 4 ounces of tonic water, and then give it a quick stir. Finish it off with a garnish of orange or grapefruit peel to enhance the citrus notes.
3. Oaxacan Old Fashioned – A Modern Classic:
For those who prefer spirits-based cocktails, look no further than the Oaxacan Old Fashioned – an innovative twist on an all-time classic that lets mezcal shine through. To make this cocktail, you will need:
– 1½ ounces Mezcal
– ½ ounce Reposado Tequila
– 1 bar spoon (around ⅛ ounce) Agave Nectar
– 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
First, combine the mezcal, tequila, agave nectar, and bitters in a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir well until chilled and properly diluted, then strain the mixture into a rocks glass with a large ice cube. Express an orange peel over the drink by holding it close to the surface and giving it a good twist to release its oils. Finally, garnish with the orange peel.
There isn’t just one way to enjoy mezcal – this versatile Mexican spirit offers various possibilities for those willing to explore. Whether you try it neat or in classic cocktails with a modern twist, these suggestions will help you appreciate the full potential of this extraordinary spirit. So grab your glass and let mezcal introduce you to an unforgettable tasting experience. Cheers!