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 […]
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 […]
Agave is a magical plant. With over 200 known species, many of which can be made into myriad byproducts, it is a diverse, multifaceted entity. Perhaps the best-known (and most loved) uses for agave are tequila and mezcal. Whether sipped neat or served in a Margarita, tequila is one of America’s favorite spirits — and […]
Danny Mena was at a mezcal conference in 2008 the first time he heard murmurings that the United States was in a mezcal boom.
If you’re familiar with wine, you’ve likely come across people who swear by terroir, the French word that roughly translates to “a sense of place.” You’ve also probably come across people who swear that it’s all marketing (or maybe you’re one of these people). But terroir, in its broadest sense, isn’t restricted to wine.
Regardless of your feelings about bats, you owe them a thank you. Without bats, there would be no tequila. Just as you fuel your night on the agave spirit, bats fuel their night on agave nectar. The wild bat population in Mexico is directly linked to the agave crop that produces tequila, which can only […]
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. 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 […]
If you have heard of the city or state of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico, it is probably thanks to a growing interest in the area’s primary export: mezcal. But on this rich soil, a deep cultural history has grown up right alongside this delicious spirit. And a tragic story of lost love and national sacrifice […]
You don’t have to have an uncle in Mexico to get a good bottle of mezcal anymore. Tequila’s smoky cousin is now in bars and select liquor stores across the country — if you look hard enough. Mezcal’s popularity has skyrocketed in recent years, but it’s not a new spirit. It’s been made for hundreds […]