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Understanding the Differences Between Tequila and Mezcal (Infographic)

Understanding the Differences Between Tequila and Mezcal (Infographic)

Agave spirits are booming in the United States. Although distillers in modern-day Mexico have been making tequila and mezcal for millennia, America’s thirst for the stuff is relatively recent. Mezcal shipments to the U.S. reportedly quadrupled over the last five years, and the tequila category has grown by 121 percent since 2012. Both tequila and mezcal are made […]

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Go Inside the Mexican Distillery Producing Mezcal With Pre-Hispanic Techniques

Go Inside the Mexican Distillery Producing Mezcal With Pre-Hispanic Techniques

The small town of Santa Catarina Minas, about an hour south of Mexico’s Oaxaca City, has mezcal roots that predate the Hispanic period. Fourth-generation master mezcalero, Eduardo (Lalo) Ángeles (pictured, above), left his family’s Real Minero mezcal operation in 2014 to form his own, Mezcal Lalocura. At Lalocura, Ángeles produces over 20 expressions of the […]

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How to Drink Tequila, According to a Texas Bartender

How to Drink Tequila, According to a Texas Bartender

Tequila has inspired songs, cocktails, raucous evenings, and interminable mornings-after for the unfortunate among us. The Distilled Spirits Council reports that tequila volumes in the U.S have increased at an average rate of 5.8 percent per year, driven in part by the growing popularity of premium tequilas. The agave spirit shows no sign of slowing […]

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American Thirst: Three Homegrown Drinking Traditions We Think Are Foreign

American Thirst: Three Homegrown Drinking Traditions We Think Are Foreign

If you like shooting tequila with salt and lime, by all means go for it! Just don’t blame Mexico for your hangover. The trinity of tequila, salt, and citrus is one of many homegrown drinking customs Americans tend to think are foreign. We also assume locally brewed, cleverly marketed macro beers are shipped from far-away […]

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Where to Drink, Eat, and Sleep in Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico’s Indie-Cool Wine Country

Where to Drink, Eat, and Sleep in Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico’s Indie-Cool Wine Country

When most people think of the West Coast and wine, California’s Napa Valley comes to mind. Followed thereafter by Sonoma and the Willamette Valley, plus maybe Washington’s Columbia and Canada’s Okanagan Valleys. Those especially connected to California might point their attentions southward to Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, and then Temecula. The hottest wine region on […]

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Seven Mexican Lagers, Blind Tasted and Ranked From Bad to Bueno

Seven Mexican Lagers, Blind Tasted and Ranked From Bad to Bueno

Mexican lagers taste like the weekend. Not just when the fifth of May falls on a Saturday, either. Cracking open an ice-cold Corona or straight-from-the-cooler Tecate is reminiscent of beach trips, cookouts, game days, and sunny afternoons doing or avoiding yard work. The category gets its crisp, light flavor profile from the German-style Vienna lager […]

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