Mexican cuisine is one of the highest-ranking cuisines around the world, and with good reason.…
Mexican food and drinks are among the tastiest in the world, often mixing flavors from Spain and wider Europe with local plants, spices, and flavors. Indeed, the Aztecs discovered chocolate, which the Spaniards took back to Europe in 1657. Corn, tomatoes, and many other foods also come from Latin America. If you’re interested in spirits, Mexican restaurants often serve mezcal, a favorite liquor that offers many unique taste profiles.
Mezcales are spirits made from agave, which are monocots that resemble some types of cactuses. Tequila is probably the most well-known mezcal, although tequilas actually make up only a small subset of these spirits. Looking for some of the finest mezcales that the best Mexican restaurants serve? We’ve outlined some of the most renowned spirits below.
Made from 100% Espadín agave and produced in Oaxaca, this mezcal is known for its wood and agave notes. It offers a well-rounded flavor and a subtle aroma. Great for sipping and enjoying time with friends.
Agave De Cortes
Looking for something rustic? This mezcal is made without any “mechanical methods.” Indeed, the agave is harvested by hand and then cooked in earthen pits. They are also fermented in open-air wood vats with local yeasts. This company is 100 percent owned by locals.
Want to try something different? Encantadora Matcha is fused with matcha, a type of green tea popular throughout Latin America. Combining these two local favorites leads to a standout taste profile.
Alipus San Andres
This mezcal is known for being rather sweet and offering a fruitier flavor. It’s a great sipper and a good starting point for folks new to mezcal spirits. Also works well as a sort of dessert after dinner.
Los Vecinos Del Campo
A favorite mezcal among many, this spirit offers an initially spicy taste. However, after the initial dash of heat, you’ll notice fruity notes. This spirit is a great choice for kicking your night off on a hot note.
Mayalen Machetzo Oaxaca
Looking for floral flavors? This mezcal mixes floral notes with light, spicy flavors, thus offering a unique taste profile. The agave used is between 8 and 12 years old.
There are many other great mezcales available to you, including Banhez and Zignum Silver/Reposado. Interested in trying? Head to one of the finest Mexican restaurants around, Talavera Cocina Mexicana. We’re happy to provide you with culinary experiences you’ll love!