Exploring mezcal: Best mezcal cocktails that deserve a sip


Have you explored the beauty and favor of mezcal? These best mezcal cocktails will have you enjoying a sip and saying tequila what?

While tequila cocktails might pop to the top of the cocktail list, the best mezcal cocktails deserve their moment to shine. If you are a tequila fan, it is time to understand who these two Mexican liquors are related.

There are many liquors that are related. Just like bourbon is whiskey but whiskey isn’t necessarily bourbon, mezcal and tequila is similar. While both are made from the agave plant, the flavor is different.

Mezcal tends to be richer than a tequila. Additionally, the flavors can be a little sweeter. The biggest flavor difference is the smoky flavor. That flavor difference can really change a classic cocktail.

One of the best places to explore mezcal is Mama Rabbit Bar at Park MGM in Las Vegas. Curated by mezcalera Bricia Lopez, it is a definite must stop for anyone looking to explore mezcal.

Probably one of the best mezcal cocktails to start appreciating the Mexican spirit, is Mama Rabbit Bar’s Palomita. This cocktail takes a twist on the Mexican classic cocktail.

Featuring Casamigos Mezcal, this cocktail shows how sweet, floral and smoky make a tangy, refreshing cocktail. The brightness from the grapefruit is balanced by the floral from the Watermelon-Hibiscus Agua Fresca Cerveza. With a touch of Tajin salt on the rim, it is a cocktail that you will remember long after the final sip.

While not everyone can take a trip to Mama Rabbit Bar, a delicious mezcal cocktail can be shook up at home. In some ways, mezcal can transform a traditional cocktail that often uses a different liquor. For example, Oaxacan Old Fashioned is a great example.

Using the GEM&BOLT MEZCAL, this cocktail is perfect for a crisp, fall after. From the brightness of the orange to the sweetness of the cherries, it is a delightful pre or post dinner libation.

Here’s how to make Oaxacan Old Fashioned.

"Oaxacan Old Fashioned2 Oz Gem & Bolt Mezcal1-2 Sugar Cubes2 Maraschino Cherries2-3 Dashes Angostura Bitters1 Orange WedgeMethod:Muddle sugar, cherries, and orange and build in glassTop with large ice cubeGarnish with orange peel"

If you are looking to explore mezcal, there are many ways to sip and savor this Mexican liquor. From classic cocktails to twists on the tradition, it is time to see why this rich, smoky liquor deserves its moment to shine.

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