Mezcal

Mezcal is a Mexican spirit made from the agave plant. And even though tequila and mezcal are somewhat related, there are a number of differences. Tequila is made specifically from blue agave and can only be produced in certain areas of Mexico. Meanwhile, mezcal can be produced from any type of agave plant. Then there's the variation in the spirit-making processes. For tequila, the piñas (the heart of the agave plant) are baked in steam-heated, above-ground ovens. In the case of mezcal, they go into underground ovens over wood charcoal. This essential difference makes mezcal taste much smokier than tequila. If you want to learn more and elevate your cocktail game with mezcal, turn to Food & Wine's guide.

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Tide Is High

New York City tiki specialist Jane Danger mixes up this tequila-and-mezcal piña colada variation. Instead of coconut cream, she swaps in homemade cashew cream for a toasty, savory flavor. Alternatively, use store-bought cashew milk, preferably pressed from a juice bar. Slideshow: More Easy Cocktail Recipes This recipe originally appeared in the Food & Wine 2016 Cocktails book.
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Tia Mia

Ivy Mix, co-owner of Leyenda in Brooklyn, riffs on a mai tai with smoky mezcal. The name of the drink (an anagram of "mai tai") pays homage to a friend to whom she used to serve drinks in Guatemala. Slideshow: More Easy Cocktail Recipes This recipe originally appeared in the Food & Wine 2016 Cocktails book.
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Rosa Amargo

To give mezcal a pleasant bitterness, bartender Jeremy Oertel stirs in grapefruit liqueur. The bracing bitterness of Campari emphasizes the grapefruit flavor. Slideshow: Mezcal Cocktail Recipes Recipe from Food & Wine Cocktails 2015
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Smoke Show

This refreshing cocktail gets its sweetness from pomegranate molasses (available at Middle Eastern markets) and intensely raisiny Moscatel sherry. Slideshow: More Mezcal Cocktail Recipes Recipe from Food & Wine Cocktails 2015
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Mum's the Word

Shannon Ponche describes Mum’s the Word as “floral and indulgent but easy-drinking.” The herbal liqueur Bénédictine gives the cocktail a lovely honey flavor. Slideshow: More Mezcal Cocktail Recipes Recipe from Food & Wine Cocktails 2015
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Mezcal Cocktails

From a Mezcal sour to a reinvented version of the classic Paloma cocktail, here are fantastic drinks made with the smoky, agave-based spirit.
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