3 Mezcal Cocktails You Have To Try This Winter
Rather Than Reaching For A Whisky Nip To Pair With a Cuban, Try A Fire On Ice.
Don't get us wrong, we love classic tequila cocktails, but when we fire up a cigar we sometimes we find ourselves itching for tequila's smokier cousin, mezcal. When the sun is setting on another scorching day, rather than reaching for a whisky nip to pair with a fat Cuban, try these bold, spirits-forward takes on traditional Manhattans, Old Fashioned Oxana or a classic Margarita with a twist.
In the most simple terms. the difference between tequila and escal is how it is cooked. Tequila is produced by steaming the agave inside industrial ovens before being distilled two or three times in copper pots. Mezcal is cooked inside earthen pits that are lined with lava rocks and filled with wood and charcoal before being distilled in clay pots.
Tequila tends to have a smooth, sweet flavor and mezcal is often described as savory and smoky. The smoky quality comes from the underground cooking process.
Here are some of our favourite ways to add some mezcal to our cocktail rotation this season:
2 oz Doña Vega Espadín Mezcal
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
Mix all ingredients in a shaker and add plenty of ice. Stir for 15 rotations. Strain into your selected glass. Can be served ‘up’ or on ‘the rocks.’ Garnish with a charred orange peel, maraschino cherry, or a brandy cherry.
2. Oaxaca Old Fashioned
2 oz Mezcal
.25 oz simple syrup
2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
Stir together all ingredients in a rocks glass with a large ice cube until well chilled.
3. Smoky Casa Margarita
2 oz Casamigos Mezcal
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
.75 oz Agave Nectar
2 Dashes Orange Bitters
Combine all ingredients into tin shaker. Add ice. Shake well. Strain into rocks glass. Add fresh ice.