Last night I went out to try mezcal for the first time. In the past, I have only indulged in Tequila. This has included various flavored margaritas and sometimes straight shots with lime and salt. This is delicious, but also a very American tradition.Tequila is technically a mezcal, but the production and taste of mezcal is different.
For starters, Tequila uses ONLY blue agave from the Jalisco region and mezcal utilizes over 20 varieties of agave to create their unique blend.
BOTH agave are harvested after 7-12 years of age in a similar fashion, by cutting the leaves surrounding the center of the plant until the core or piña is all that remains.In order to convert the starches into simple sugars for fermentation, the piña is cooked. Tequila is made by cooking piña in a large autoclave and mezcal is made by roasting the piña underground. This roasting pit gives mezcal a uniquely smoky flavor.After baking, in order to separate the juices from the plant fiber, the piña is crushed. Tequila and mezcal both utilize a large stone to crush the cooked piña; however, Tequila production uses modern technology and mezcal tends to be more artisanal using a mule to pull the stone.Once crushed, both the mezcal and Tequila are fermented, distilled and then either bottled or aged in barrels. With Tequila, you will NEVER find a worm in the bottle. It is prohibited by Mexican law. In mezcal, they may occasionally put a worm in the bottle or in the barrel during aging.
OK. Now that we have discussed the differences, let’s get to the cocktails. 😀
I went to the bar ‘Gracias a Dios.’ This bar makes their own house mezcal and serves a variety of yummy cocktails.The bar itself was also super cute and trendy.The first to try was the house cocktail made with orange juice, lime and house mezcal. It is served with orange slices and the rim is lined with chile salt.The second cocktail on the list was called Blue Demon. The cocktail was named after a famous luchador or Mexican wrestler from Lucha Libre.You may recognize the name Lucha Libre from the movie Nacho Libre with Jack Black. HAH.The Blue Demon was made using lemon, house mezcal and Blue Curacao, which is an orange-flavored liqueur.From there we went to Cantina Comalli, which is a beautiful restaurant in the center of historic Querétaro.We were able sip on some tequila in a truly authentic manner. We had the Mexican tequila bandera. Bandera means ¨flag¨ and this drink proudly represented the colors of the Mexican flag.The tequila blanco is served with a chaser of green lime and red sangrita to represent the white, green and red of the Mexican flag. Sangrita is prepared using tomato sauce, chiles and lime. It reminded me of a bloody mary. I chose to chase my tequila with the sangrita and left the lime chaser alone. It was a little too tart for me.Overall, a fantastic night out. 😀
The last thing I wanted to bring up was my comprehension of Spanish. I think I have been making major improvements in fluency since I have moved here, but I still have a long way to go. I have been trying to learn by practicing as much as possible. I’ve tried listening to songs and memorizing verses. My top song of the moment is ¨Valio La Pena¨ by Marc Anthony. 😀
Additionally, I have also been using MEMES to learn Spanish. These are basically silly images with creative captions. It has been a great visual representation for me when trying to learn certain idioms and phrases. I thought I would share a few.
Hope you are all enjoying your weekend! Until next time. 🙂