Here is a great introduction to mezcal and the agave plant
"Agave is a magical plant. With over 200 known species, many of which can be made into a lot of products, it is a diverse, multifaceted entity. Perhaps the best-known uses for agave are tequila and mezcal.
Mezcal is a relatively new spirit, but it is picking up steam as unique bottles with innovative flavors and strong tradition are increasingly available.
Mezcal is most commonly referred to as tequila’s fancy, smoky cousin. And yes, while a lot of mezcal has those distinctive smoky qualities, mezcal is a whole lot more than that.
Mezcal is to Tequila, what Rye is to Bourbon, which is to say, a still lesser-known, under-appreciated by most, but very interesting cousin. Curious imbibers tend to start with an approachable mezcal that is mellow, fruity, and sweet, before moving into the more polarizing flavors of smoke and spice.
Like Champagne and Tequila, Mezcal has an Appellation of Origin. That means you have to be produced in 1 of 9 Mexican states to call yourself Mezcal. If it is made elsewhere, it might taste the same, but you can't call it Mezcal.
In the production process the pinas (hearts of the agave) are harvested and roasted for several days in earthen pits (that's how the spirit gets its smoke!). After that, the process looks just like making Tequila.
Some awesome Mezcal cocktails :
Watermelon - Basil Mezcal Margarita
Kombucha Mezcal Mule
Mezcal Old Fashion
What’s your favorite ?
#mezcal #mezcaleria #mezcales #mexico #guadalajara #agave #agaveplant #mixology #mixologist #bars #cocktails #craftspirits #drinkup" #Photography #Instapic #photooftheday