Foodable Labs Ranks Top Mezcal Brands

Foodable Labs Ranks Top Mezcal Brands

In the past 90 days, 328K beverage influencers have mentioned the spirit: Mezcal.

Mezcal originates from Mexico and it’s made from the plant agave— just like tequila. What’s the difference between the two, you ask?

Well, technically tequila is considered a type of mezcal but all mezcals are not the same as tequilas. The main reason why is because mezcals are ANY agave-based liquor made from ANY type of agave plant grown ANYWHERE in Mexico. Tequilas in the other hand are strictly made from the Blue Agave plant.

Now that we understand the difference, let's get back to mezcals.

One of the things that is so exciting about this spirit is the fact that it can be made out of over 30 different types of agave plants. Another is the distinct artisanal process to produce mezcal.

The distillation process is over two centuries old and it involves burying and slow roasting the heart of the agave plants in wood-fired earth pits with volcanic rocks. Have you ever tasted mezcal neat? Did you notice a smoky flavor? This process is how you get that distinct taste!

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11 Best Mezcal Cocktails in L.A.

11 Best Mezcal Cocktails in L.A.

Mezcal’s distinction lies in the hundreds of varietals of agave it can be made from (tequila can only use blue agave) and how the juices from the agave heart (piña) are extracted. With mezcal, the piña is smoked in an underground pit and steamed for tequila making. Also, origin plays into the differences as well: mezcal is made mostly in the state of Oaxaca, tequila primarily in the state of Jalisco. 

Because of mezcal’s smoky quality, much like a peaty Scotch, it’s trickier than silver tequila to create a balanced cocktail. Whether it’s your first go with mezcal or you’re a maniac mezcal lover, here’s where to head for the best mezcal cocktails in L.A. by some of the city’s most notable barkeeps:

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You may remember mezcal from a booze-infused night in college or have heard a story about a ‘hallucinogenic’ drink (it’s not, by the way). You may even recognize it by the worm drowning in the bottom of the bottle, but this spirit is so much more than some of its more unsavory associations. Artisanal varieties are showing up on shelves across the nation, while forecasters are lauding it as one of the trendiest ingredients to hit the bar scene as of late. Without a doubt, mezcal is poised to make a big splash – and redeem its reputation – in the months ahead.

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