Whats The Difference Between Mezcal and Tequila?

Whats The Difference Between Mezcal and Tequila?

If you've ever been to Mexico, you know how vital tequila is to the culture there. But, what exactly is mezcal, and whats the difference between mezcal and tequila? Well, let us clear things up for you. This article will explain whats the difference between tequila and mezcal and highlight some cocktails where mezcal stands out.

Tequila and mezcal come from the agave plant and are native to Mexico.

Tequila and mezcal share many similarities: they're both distilled from agave plants, have an earthy flavour profile, and perform exceptionally in cocktails.

The main difference between mezcal and tequila is how they're produced. When making mezcal, the agave is roasted in underground ovens, often referred to as pits, which gives it its smoky flavor. Conversely, tequila is roasted in traditional ovens, giving it a smoother, cleaner taste.

How is mezcal made? A man cooking agave heats in a pit.

Mezcal is known for its smoky flavor, but don't let that intimidate you.

Mezcal has a smoky flavour that tequila doesn't have. The smokey flavor is just one part of what makes mezcal unique compared to other liquors like vodka or bourbon—it's also earthy and sweet with notes of vanilla and cinnamon, depending on how it's made.

Our favorite mezcal cocktails - a photo of a mezcal espresso martini

Our favorite mezcal cocktail ideas

We love to work with mezcal because it has that distinct flavor. It stands out in a wide range of cocktails. We will commonly substitute the vodka for mezcal in an espresso martini, the gin for mezcal in a negroni, or tequila for mezcal in a margarita

Whenever you're thinking of mezcal cocktail ideas, look for a cocktail where the base spirit shines, and swap it out for your favorite mezcal brand. 

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