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How to Drink Mezcal the Mexican Way. Login I forgot my password Don't Have an Account?

How to Drink Mezcal the Mexican Way

Signup Sent! Please check your email for a link to reset your password. Personalize your experience. 6 New Tequilas for the True Aficionados. 6 Mezcals to Smoke Up Your Margaritas. In a time when our nation seems to be divided about nearly everything, there’s still one thing we can totally agree on: We all love margaritas.

6 Mezcals to Smoke Up Your Margaritas

Margaritas are the perfect combination of salty, sweet, and fantastically fruity. But what about those times when you aren’t feelin’ the fruit? Swap out that tequila with Mexico’s smoky signature smoky spirit, mezcal. Mezcal margaritas add an enticingly smoky element to this classic cocktail, making it a perfect winter-to-spring transitional sipper. 6 Best Mezcals Under $60. Login I forgot my password.

6 Best Mezcals Under $60

12 Things You Didn't Know About Tequila. There’s plenty we think we know about tequila.

12 Things You Didn't Know About Tequila

That it always goes with lime and salt (nope). That the bottle should contain a worm (nope). That it mixes well with a variety of things and can be sipped, shaken, or even stirred (nope – oh wait, yes, yes on that one). A Guide to Mezcal. “Mezcal is the most terroir-based spirit,” says Arik Torren, owner of mezcal producer Fidencio Mezcal.

A Guide to Mezcal

The spirit, made in one of seven Mexican states (Oaxacan mezcal is the biggest presence on US shelves), is small-batch distilled from fermented agave. Mezcal traditions and family recipes are often passed down through generations, which leads mezcal to reflect both the place it is grown and the hand of the maestro mezcalero who produces it. This creates a spirit with a wide variety of flavor profiles — some mezcals have subtle notes of smoke, perfect for the reflective, inward sipper; others have incredible, bombastic, sharp profile changes, with roasted vegetal flavors morphing into blasts of juicy fruit, ending with a strong minerality. The variety and the high level of quality in the best mezcals (many of which are just now becoming available in the US) make it one of the most exciting spirits to drink. 100% Espadín Agave. MAP: The States That Drink The Most Tequila.

Coolmaterial. Tequila has come a long way since the warm, sombrero-clad shots of El Toro we all foolishly took in college.


The once-mandatory lime wedge would now be an insult to many of the amazing spirits on the market. Brands have set themselves apart with limited editions, interesting blends, and creative ageing. While there are plenty of top notch offerings, these are the most unique and best tequilas to try before you die. Best - Top 10 Tequilas. Top 5 Tequilas You Should Be Drinking For Cinco de Mayo. Cinco de Mayo is the official kick off of tequila season and an excellent time to broaden your horizons and try some new tequilas.

Top 5 Tequilas You Should Be Drinking For Cinco de Mayo

We have nothing against some of the major tequila companies: Patron actually does a ton of green initiatives that are simply outstanding, Don Julio is one of the most approachable tequilas on the market and often a go-to for our margaritas, and Tequila Avion is one of the most exciting releases in the category we’ve seen in years. Drink Spirits is all about helping you broaden your horizons and try new things, so we picked 5 different tequilas you should try this Cinco de Mayo. Hopefully this will be a good jumping off point for you to explore the amazing world of tequila. Tequila Archives. DeLeon Tequila. Trying to catch lightning in a bottle in the spirits industry is nearly impossible.

DeLeon Tequila

What worked once for one segment of the industry often doesn’t work in another. This is one of the many challenges facing Sean “Diddy” Combs (aka P. Diddy, Puff Daddy), Diageo, and their co-operative new brand, DeLeón Tequila. Together Combs and Diageo have achieved meteoric success with Ciroc Vodka. Casa Noble Añejo Tequila. Ah, Tequila.

Casa Noble Añejo Tequila

It may bring back memories, it may erase them altogether. But tequila is more than just Mexico’s most popular spirit, bought off a cheap liquor store shelf, drunk by Americans with determination. Review: Casamigos Anejo Tequila. The spirits industry is a lot less glamorous and a lot more difficult than many celebrities anticipate.

Review: Casamigos Anejo Tequila

With high profile celebrity-backed spirits like P. Diddy’s Ciroc selling massive volumes, and Sammy Hagar making a mint for selling Cabo Wabo Tequila, celebrities are often lured in with the hope of making a quick buck, doing something fun, and extending their brand. Unfortunately, most celebrities find out very quickly that the spirits industry can be a lot less profitable or fun than they ever imagined.

Review: Tequila Avion Reserva 44. Top Rated Anejo Tequilas. Review: Montelobos Mezcal Joven. Review: Tequila Herradura Scotch Cask Finish. When you are dealing with a highly controlled spirit like Scotch Whisky or Tequila, there are only so many things you can do to really impact flavor and character. One of the biggest tools in the proverbial tool belt is the barrel. The longer you leave a spirit in a barrel, the more of that barrel character comes through, and the more impact it has on the final flavor.