5 Unique Mezcal Cocktails
Being the national spirit of Mexico, Mezcal can claim to be an influential drink for any occasion you may celebrate.
23:20 23 January 2021
Many people confuse mezcal with tequila even though they are two different drinks in terms of preparation procedures.
Today it would be good for you to know that mezcal is the base for many cocktails. Since drinking mezcal straight could be a rough experience (mezcal is almost 40% in alcohol), knowing which are the most exceptional cocktails giving you its taste without a headache is essential.
It is a relatively simple cocktail that contains one part of mezcal, another part of pure pineapple juice, and some ginger beer at the end. Mexicans like to enjoy that cocktail close to the beach with plenty of ice. The pineapple juice accentuates the mezcal taste and gives it a more fruity note. On the other hand, the addition of ginger beer can always provide a fizzy character to the cocktail and make it easy to sip with ice. Make sure you have frozen the mezcal before for better results.
Another more complex cocktail that is the blockbuster in Cancun and Tijuana is Mezcal Paloma. It contains a generous portion of mezcal spirit, mixed with pomegranate juice, cranberry juice, splash lime, and some pure agave extract for the flavor. Bartenders usually serve this cocktail with a partially salted rim that makes its taste even more breathtaking. Mezcal Paloma has been the cocktail many movie stars drink, like the actors from the famous Netflix series, Narcos.
If you reach Mexico around the summer season, you would probably drink the famous Summer Dayz cocktail. It is one of the cocktails that have more mezcal than any other. Apart from mezcal, the Summer Dayz cocktail contains pisco, aperitivo, spiced pineapple syrup, lemon juice, orange bitters, and many shredded ice particles. People usually drink it in a tall glass with a straw. Summer Dayz is a cocktail that gives you a good buzz, while it can make you admire the real taste of mezcal.
4-The King's Ransom
Here you have one of the simplest mezcal cocktails you will find online. In Mexico, Bartenders prepare the King's Ransom cocktail using a mezcal drink, green chartreuse, a pint of Saint Germain, and some lime juice. Usually, there are no ice cubes present in the final mixture, but this depends on the day's time and the bartender's inspiration. People typically enjoy such a cocktail in a long-rimed glass with a slice of lemon or orange. It is one of the best-seller cocktails using mezcal as their primary ingredient and the one that can give you less buzz than others.
It is a rare cocktail to find since many bartenders need a long time to prepare it, and not so many customers are willing to pay more to enjoy it. However, if you have the time and money while being in Mexico, it's worth trying it. The famous sinking stone cocktail contains a generous portion of mezcal, Jamaican rum, Cynar, vermouth, and some orange twist for garnish. People who have tried that cocktail usually place one big ice cube in the glass center to represent the sinking stone. Since there is a lot of alcohol in it, you can avoid it when driving afterward.
Mezcal has been the purest extract of agave, and one of the spirits made 100% in Mexico. Mexicans believe that mezcal is their national drink and think that tequila is only for gringos or people coming as tourists to their country. Cocktails with mezcal can become unforgettable! You have to drink responsibly all the time and never drive after having a couple of cocktails, no matter how you feel.