Para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien, también. For everything bad, mezcal, and for everything good, as well.
Mezcal is an alcoholic beverage that comes from the maguey, a variety of the agave plant. This spirit has been around for centuries in Mexico and it’s rapidly gaining followers in the US, although it is still fairly unknown in some states. The main characteristic about Mezcal is its smokey flavor; this drink is enjoyed in its pure form just like a whisky would be enjoyed; slowly sipped.
Oaxaca, Mexico is one of the states that produces the best Mezcal, and there are many places where you can enjoy and buy this traditional spirit. It is recommended to enjoy Mezcal straight up or with just one ice cube. However, there are many cocktails that have been created based on this beverage. Find some interesting recipes here: http://mezcal.com/recipes/
This market is growing at a very fast pace. Just like wineries and breweries open their doors to drink aficionados, Mezcal is following the same path. The process is artisanal and very interesting, and producers seem to be finally aware of the success with “tequileras”, the first spirit in Mexico to explore and market tequila from its purest form to the world.
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Where to stay:
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