What is mezcal? Mezcal is known as tequila’s cousin. Both mezcal and tequila are made with agave, however mezcal can be made with any type of agave plant whereas tequila has to be made from majority blue agave. Some mezcal makers are even producing blends, which combine different types of agave. Another major distinction in mezcal is how the agave is first cooked, which gives it its smoky flavor.
What makes a spirit clean? While some brands use the term to refer to alcohol-free spirits (yes, that exists!), many consider “clean” as a reference to the lack of additives or the use of organic ingredients. It is becoming a marker of quality in the spirit industry and a way to differentiate quality brands that focus on premium ingredients and small-batch processes. According to Gem&Bolt, which hand harvests the agave used to make their mezcal, it’s free of any additives and utilizes fair-trade and organic and sustainable agave.
Ingredients (serves 2):
3.4 oz mezcal
1.0 oz honey
1.0 oz grapefruit juice
0.5 oz lime juice
1 tsp hot water
First, empty honey into a small bowl and add 1 tsp hot water. Stir until completely combined. This will allow the honey to more easily mix into your cocktail. In your shaker tin, combine mezcal, honey syrup, grapefruit juice, lime juice and dash of cinnamon. Add ice until your shaker is 1/2 to 2/3 full, then seal and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds. Strain into ice-filled glasses.