mezcal

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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Getting to Know Raicilla, Tequila and Mezcal’s Rebellious Cousin

Getting to Know Raicilla, Tequila and Mezcal’s Rebellious Cousin

With skyrocketing sales and famous friends (¡hola, George Clooney!), agave spirits like tequila and mezcal are having a banner year in the United States. Now, savvy bartenders and industry folks are embracing raicilla, a distilled Mexican agave spirit with nuanced, vegetal flavors. Despite its centuries-old history, for many, raicilla remains shrouded in mystery. In part […]

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Ivy Mix Loves Rhum Agricole, Doesn’t Want You to Drink Bathwater

Ivy Mix Loves Rhum Agricole, Doesn’t Want You to Drink Bathwater

In the midst of New York’s seemingly endless gray winter, an evening at Brooklyn’s Leyenda is an excellent option for those who can’t escape to warmer climates. Drinks are finished with fresh flowers and small bouquets of mint, and the bar has an extensive selection of Latin American spirits like tequila and mezcal. Ivy Mix, […]

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Eight Trends to Watch in 2018

Eight Trends to Watch in 2018

With 2017 tilting toward our collective rearview mirror, we’re reflecting on the previous year. It’s been an extremely exciting time for the beer, wine, and spirits world, from a seemingly endless stream of craft beer acquisitions to the meteoric climbs of natural wine and amaro. We can’t wait to see what keeps glasses filled and […]

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8 Things You Should Know About Del Maguey Mezcal

8 Things You Should Know About Del Maguey Mezcal

After years of low-quality imports and instantly regrettable “shooters,” agave spirits like tequila and mezcal are ascendant in America. Between 2005 and 2015, the volume of mezcal sold in the United States grew by 279 percent, according to International Wine and Spirits Research. Bars like Brooklyn’s Leyenda, the Pastry War in Houston, and Baltimore’s Clavel […]

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Can Bats Save Tequila?

Can Bats Save Tequila?

A trip to an American grocery store is rife with existential struggle for conscientious consumers. Do we want conventional, pesticide-spritzed tomatoes grown somewhere far away but temptingly priced $1.99 per pound? Or are we going to shell out $5 for the organic ones from a farm down the road? Drinkers are facing a similar conundrum […]

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